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Cody Waits to Lead New State Workforce Division

He previously served as the director of the Arkansas Office of Skills Development, a division of the Department of Commerce. read more >
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State Does About-Face On ChinaLock Icon

Arkansas was one of numerous states that took part in a frenzy of activity aimed at bringing over Chinese companies to set up operations. But a new state law makes clear that such investments are now viewed with suspicion. read more >
Government & Politics / Small Business

‘Maybe It Was Utah’ (Editorial)

If Arkansas wants to transform itself economically, it will first need a plan. read more >
Banking & Finance / Education / Government & Politics / Investments / Small Business / Tourism

Arkansas Looks to Utah as a Blueprint for Economic Development SuccessLock Icon

Arkansas Commerce Secretary Hugh McDonald looks to Utah as a model when it comes to attracting high-tech industries, ranging from internet startups and biotech firms to pharmaceuticals, defense contractors and fintech companies. read more >
Education / Government & Politics

State Skills Development Leader Leaving for New Job

The director of the Office of Skills Development is leaving the post for a job with Transfr of New York, a workforce training technology provider. read more >
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Arkansas Leaders See Utah’s High-Tech Success as Model for Economic Transformation

Utah, with its emphasis on research, entrepreneurship and quality of life, has become one of the top states for high-tech industries. Arkansas is looking to borrow from the western state's playbook. read more >
Construction / Education / Government & Politics

UA Readies One-of-A-Kind Chip Research & Fabrication Facility

The facility is a long-time labor of love for U of A electrical engineering professor Alan Mantooth and was made possible by a $19 million grant from the National Science Foundation. read more >
Business Services / Small Business

AEDC Restructures Small Business & Entrepreneurship Division

Esperanza Massana-Crane of Little Rock was named director of the division. read more >

Governor Reappoints Susannah Marshall as State Bank Commissioner

As bank commissioner, she's responsible for the regulation, supervision and examination of Arkansas' 73 state-chartered banks, which have total assets of more than $153 billion. read more >

Sanders Visits Europe on First Overseas Trade Mission

The trip includes a stop at the Paris Air Show, the world's premier and largest event dedicated to the aviation and space industry. read more >
Education / Energy

Arkansas Studies Nuclear Recycling for Mini-Reactors

State Rep. Jack Ladyman sponsored a law in the recent legislative session, Act 259, requiring the state to investigate the technical and economic potential for recycling spent nuclear fuel rods. read more >
The Little Rock Technology Park.
Construction / Government & Politics / Real Estate / Small Business

Tech Park Announces $9.6M Phase 2 Expansion

Renovations of Five Main Place have already started and are expected to be complete by spring of 2024. read more >
Gov.-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders talks to Commerce Secretary Mike Preston (center) and Hugh McDonald, the former Entergy Arkansas Inc. CEO who she will nominate to lead the Commerce Department.
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New Commerce Secretary Focuses on Selling Arkansas as Entrepreneurial HubLock Icon

Hugh McDonald, the former president and CEO of Entergy Arkansas Inc., has big plans in his new role to reshape Arkansas' workforce and attract talent and businesses. read more >
Elexus Jordan
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics / Tourism

Tiffany Wilkerson Named GM of the Arkansas State Fair (Movers & Shakers)

She is also the first woman and the youngest general manager in the history of the fair. read more >
Mike Preston
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics

Stephens Hires Mike Preston to Lead New Practice

The practice, Site & Incentive Advisory, will advise businesses on growth strategies. read more >
Clint O'Neal
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Sanders Picks Clint O’Neal to Lead AEDC

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders names Clint O’Neal the executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. read more >
Gov.-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders talks to Commerce Secretary Mike Preston (center) and Hugh McDonald, the former Entergy Arkansas Inc. CEO who she will nominate to lead the Commerce Department.
Business Services / Education / Government & Politics

Reinforcing the Workforce (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Businesses might be encouraged by the new governor’s emphasis on education and workforce development. read more >
Gov.-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she'll nominate former Entergy Arkansas CEO Hugh McDonald as secretary of the state Department of Commerce.
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Sanders to Nominate Hugh McDonald As Commerce Secretary

Gov.-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders says she will nominate former Entergy Arkansas CEO Hugh McDonald as the secretary of the Arkansas Department of Commerce. read more >
Energy / Government & Politics

After 15 Years, How Are We Doing? (Hugh McDonald Commentary)

The initial class of the the Arkansas Better Chance pre-K program would have graduated from high school last spring. But there is no way to know what happened to the pre-K students because there is no longitudinal tracking of these kids from pre-K to K-12 and beyond. read more >
Lindsay Burnett of the A-State Alumni Association at Arkansas State University
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Lindsay Burnett Named Executive Director of A-State Alumni Association (Movers & Shakers)

Lindsay Burnett has been promoted from director of alumni relations to executive director of the A-State Alumni Association at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. read more >