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Joe Stinziano to Succeed Charles Morgan as CEO of First Orion

Morgan will continue as chair of First Orion’s board of directors and its executive committee. read more >

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Names Geoffrey Robson as Music Director

Robson, who was previously the symphony's artistic director, said being chosen for the role is "the honor of a lifetime." read more >
Joseph Stinziano
Business Services

Joseph Stinziano Named President, COO at First Orion (Super Mover)

Stinziano joins the firm from Samsung Electronics America of New Jersey, where he was executive vice president of the consumer and enterprise business division. read more >
Aly Smith of Flex360 in Little Rock
Media & Marketing

Smith Advances at Flex360; CJRW Gains Speed (Movers & Shakers)

Aly Smith has been promoted to digital marketing director of Flex360. Shannon Speed has been hired by CJRW in Little Rock as publications editorial coordinator. read more >
The First Orion Building in North Little Rock
Media & Marketing / Small Business

First Orion Announces New Program, 2 New Executives

Mike Coleman has been named senior vice president and channel chief, while Mike Otting will serve as senior vice president of platform and wholesale. read more >
Lee Watson, founder of The Forge Institute
Education / Nonprofits / Technology

Tech Firm, Nonprofit Build Talent Pipeline

What do North Little Rock’s First Orion and the nonprofit Forge Institute in Little Rock have in common? They’re both building the tech talent pipeline in Arkansas, albeit differently. read more >
Education

UA Announces New Interdisciplinary Data Science Degree Program

The University of Arkansas announced Wednesday that it will launch a first-of-its kind undergraduate degree in data science in the fall. read more >
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Argenta Entertainment District Aims to Promote Outdoor Dining

North Little Rock’s new entertainment district is all about allowing restaurant patrons to hang out and relax outside — but not party hard — in the Argenta neighborhood. read more >
The First Orion Building, framed by a piece of Argenta Plaza, is a $15 million, 72,000-SF project including offices, a commercial gym and a Tusk & Trotter restaurant.
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Move-in Ready at Argenta PlazaLock Icon

Two centerpieces of a $65 million construction boom surrounding the new Argenta Plaza in North Little Rock — the First Orion Building and 600 Main — opened for move-ins recently, just in time for workers to start moving out because of the coronavirus pandemic. read more >
Fountaine Bleau North apartments at 4401 E. 46th St. in North Little Rock.
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Fountaine Bleau North Attracts $34M Sale (Real Deals)Lock Icon

An affiliate of Peak Capital Partners of Provo, Utah, bought 217-unit apartment project in North Little Rock from Burkhalter FBN LLC, led by John Burkhalter. read more >
Construction

Advantage Capital Invests $2.3M in First Orion

Advantage Capital announced Thursday that it has invested $2.3 million in First Orion, the parent company of PrivacyStar, a maker of call- and text-blocking software. read more >
The “front porch” area of Argenta Plaza in North Little Rock drew a couple of visitors to the pergola’s swings last week.
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Argenta Rolls On: ‘It All Builds on Itself’Lock Icon

Argenta’s one square mile has anchored some $500 million in downtown commercial projects in the past 20 years with the dedication of Argenta Plaza highlighting the latest development efforts. read more >
David's Burgers and Express Pharmacy at 1848 W. Main St. in Cabot.
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David’s Burgers-Express Pharmacy Combo Sold in CabotLock Icon

Commercial projects in Lonoke, Saline and Pulaski counties were joined by a Little Rock home to form this week’s five-piece of million-dollar transactions. read more >
Tusk & Trotter in Bentonville.
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Tusk & Trotter Finds Argenta to Its Taste

Tusk & Trotter American Brasserie, the acclaimed Bentonville restaurant, plans to open a location in North Little Rock because, says executive chef and owner Rob Nelson, the Argenta Arts District is radiating a Bentonville vibe. read more >
Charles MorganChairman and CEO of First Orion
Media & Marketing / Public Companies

First Orion’s Charles Morgan Has Number on Bad Calls

Charles Morgan, the chairman and CEO of First Orion, says the character of Arkansas’ workforce is a huge advantage for a tech company. read more >
Education / Government & Politics / Investments / Technology

Arkansas Center for Data Sciences Focuses on Jobs, Competition

The mission of the Arkansas Center for Data Sciences is twofold: to narrow the gap between open technology jobs in the state and the talent available to fill them, and to help existing businesses use data analytics to better compete. read more >
Architect Bill Gray of Taggart Architects talks about the new Argenta Plaza currently under construction in the Argenta district of North Little Rock.
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Between Venues, Investments Continue in ArgentaLock Icon

The debut of a major riverfront arena 20 years ago turned out to be a warmup act for the real headliner: a sweeping transformation of downtown North Little Rock. read more >
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ConversionPoint to Buy Inuvo in $75M Deal

Privately held ConversionPoint Technologies Inc. of Newport Beach, California, has agreed to buy publicly traded Inuvo Inc. of Little Rock in a cash-and-stock deal worth about $75 million. read more >
Banking & Finance / Construction / Retail

Midtown Mini-Storage Attracts $9.5M Buyer (Real Deals)Lock Icon

An affiliate of Self-Storage Capital Partners of Philadelphia bought the 517-unit mini-storage project in midtown Little Rock from a group led by Paul Darden. read more >
A rendering of Argenta Plaza and the First Orion building.
Construction / Government & Politics / Real Estate

First Orion Breaks Ground On $10M Argenta Headquarters

First Orion of Little Rock breaks ground on its previously announced, six-story global headquarters at 520 Main St. in the Argenta Historic District of North Little Rock. read more >