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Go Forward? Pine Bluff Might Try Again on Special Sales Tax

Go Forward Pine Bluff, the nonprofit formed to improve the southeast Arkansas city, will likely dissolve if a five-eighths-cent sales tax used to support the agency isn’t renewed, its CEO says. read more >
The Pine Bluff Aquatic Center opened in June 2019 and had a construction value of $11.2 million.
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Crafton Tull Has Plans for Pine BluffLock Icon

Crafton Tull planners and a team of consultants are working with the city of Pine Bluff and Go Forward Pine Bluff on their city-wide comprehensive master plan. read more >
The first phase of Pine Bluff’s downtown streetscape project is expected to be completed in  October. The $5 million phase covers renovations on Main Street from Barraque Street to Fourth Avenue, including extended sidewalks for outdoor dining.
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Pine Bluff Gets a Sprucing UpLock Icon

Led by the Saracen Casino Resort, which has a construction value of $215 million, Pine Bluff is seeing growth across the city unlike any in recent years. read more >
The Hotel Pines opened in 1913 in an effort to attract more business to the section of Main Street south of the city’s railroad tracks, according to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas.
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‘The Dream Is Still Alive’ at Pine Bluff’s Hotel PinesLock Icon

It’s been two years since Arkansas Business reported on the planned renovation of the historic Hotel Pines in Pine Bluff. read more >
Work on the first phase of the  $350 million Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff is racing toward completion in June. The 80,000-SF casino floor, lined by restaurants, will have room to accommodate 50 table games and 2,000 slot machines. Expected to open next year, phase two encompasses the 300-room, 13-story hotel tower and events center.
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Construction Flurry Advances Saracen Casino

To get the first phase of the $350 million Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff open as soon as possible, crews are racing the clock on a work schedule that is essentially 24/7. read more >
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Government & Politics

Keeping Faith With The Voters (Editorial)

Earlier this month, the Pine Bluff City Council voted to divert a big chunk of money — $2.1 million — from Go Forward Pine Bluff, the city’s downtown revitalization effort, and apply it instead to city departmental budgets. read more >
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Innovation Hub Growing in Pine Bluff

Go Forward Pine Bluff’s innovation hub, The Generator, is in for a busy September. Mildred Franco, executive director of The Generator, hopes renovations will begin then on its physical location: the three-story building formerly known as the Merrill Civic Center. read more >
Some Arkansas cities are taking steps to establish entertainment districts in which open containers of alcoholic beverages are allowed on public streets, similar to the Beale Street District in Memphis, shown above.
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Arkansas Cities Seek to Create ‘Entertainment Districts’Lock Icon

A number of Arkansas cities — including El Dorado, Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Texarkana — are either considering or are taking steps toward creating “entertainment districts” that would allow the open carry of alcohol. read more >
Architect’s renditions of the proposed Quapaw-run casino for Pine Bluff, tentatively named Saracen Casino Resort, after a historic Quapaw Tribe chief.
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Quapaw Return to Arkansas Bearing a CasinoLock Icon

Pine Bluff gets ready to host the commercial return of Arkansas' "namesake" tribe. read more >
Hotel Pines owner Stuart Hee, left, and architect Nate Drinkwine.
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Pine Bluff’s Hotel Pines Undergoing a Transformation

Some people view a derelict hotel and see what has been lost. Others possess a different kind of vision: They see beyond what was lost to what remains and what can be again. Stuart Hee and his partners in the nonprofit Pine Bluff Rising are in the latter camp. read more >
Documentary maker Stanley Nelson
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Stanley Nelson Recognized at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (Movers & Shakers)

Stanley Nelson, the documentarian behind “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities,” received the Career Achievement Award in Documentary Film during the 26th annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival earlier this month. read more >
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Institute Receives $10K Grant to Compile Plan for Pine Bluff

The Arkansas Economic Development Institute at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Tuesday announced that it has received $10,000 from the Simmons First Foundation to compile a community economic development profile for Pine Bluff. read more >
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Government & Politics

Pine Bluff Voters Easily Approve Sales Tax Increase

Voters in Pine Bluff have overwhelmingly approved a temporary sales tax increase that will fund the city's "Go Forward Pine Bluff" improvements initiative. read more >
Ryan Watley
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Ryan Watley Named CEO-elect of Go Forward Pine Bluff (Super Mover)

Ryan Watley has been named chief executive officer-elect of Go Forward Pine Bluff. read more >
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Government & Politics

Early Voting Opens Tuesday on Pine Bluff Tax Increase Try

Early voting starts Tuesday in Pine Bluff on a temporary five-eighths-cent sales tax increase. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson, meeting with reporters last week ahead of the legislative session.
 
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Asa Hutchinson: Arkansas Leads Nation in Foreign Direct Investment

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, speaking at the Arkansas Delta Conference, said Arkansas leads the nation in foreign direct investment. read more >
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Ryan Watley Named CEO of Go Forward Pine Bluff

Ryan Watley is named CEO-elect of Go Forward Pine Bluff, a volunteer group backed by Simmons First National Corp. that aims to stop the city's population decline and bolster its tax base. read more >
The once-elegant Hotel Pines on Main Street in Pine Bluff is being tested for renovation. The nonprofit Pine Bluff Rising bought the property for one dollar, but has committed $300,000 for pumping out the basement, shoring up columns and fixing the roof to see if the hotel can be saved.
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Zombies Beware: Pine Bluff Is Rising

A growing army of developers and investors are on a mission of revitalization for the city of Pine Bluff. read more >
Chancellor Laurence Alexander of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff wants his institution to influence all of southeast Arkansas as a center for learning and as an economic engine.
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The Influencers: Laurence Alexander of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Chancellor Laurence Alexander, who took over Arkansas’ only historically black state school in 2013, sees it as a bright spot in Jefferson County and beyond, as well as an economic engine. read more >
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Go Forward Pine Bluff Moves Toward Tax Votes

A plan to make major improvements to the downtown Pine Bluff area and enhance education is looking toward a sales tax to help fund its numerous recommendations. read more >