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Jay Chesshir

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Little Rock Port Facilities Nearing CompletionLock Icon

Industrial facilities like the $400 million Trex plant, the Synthesia Technology thermal/acoustic insulation plant and the Fiocchi primer complex are under construction now at the Little Rock Port. read more >
Construction / Manufacturing

SIG Sauer Plans $150M Expansion of Jacksonville Facility

The project is expected to create 625 jobs over the next five years. read more >
A concept for the deck park over Interstate 30 in downtown Little Rock. The concept is for illustrative purposes only and does not reflect the project's final design.
Construction / Real Estate / Tourism / Transportation

Little Rock Wins $2M Planning Grant for I-30 Deck Park

It's another major initiative to reimagine downtown following the completion of the 30 Crossing project. read more >
Little Rock School District Superintendent Jermall Wright called the new partnership a "game changer" for students.
Education / Health Care

Baptist Health, Little Rock Southwest Magnet High Announce Academy

Baptist Health will provide curriculum and credentialing advice; mentorship and expertise on project-based learning; equipment and financial resources; and more. read more >
Jay Chesshir President & CEO Little Rock Regional Chamber
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Miles, Minutes and Jobs: Jay Chesshir’s Workforce EquationLock Icon

In assessing central Arkansas’ rise as a logistics hub, the CEO of the Little Rock Regional Chamber said the area has a driven workforce — and in this case, he meant employees who commute by car. read more >
Lawyer Stuart Jackson of Wright Lindsey Jennings in Little Rock has been advising businesses on the steps they should take to safely reopen so employees can return to work.
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Sticking Points: Employers Caught in Vaccine Catch-22Lock Icon

Arkansas employers find themselves caught between federal mandates and a new state law. read more >
William Callahan, senior vice president and principal broker for the CBRE Group in Little Rock, says new construction is on the way to the 135-acre former LM Wind Power property in the Little Rock Port Industrial Park. 
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Change In Wind Launches Redevelopment at Little Rock PortLock Icon

Investors from northwest Arkansas are poised to break ground on new construction at the former LM Wind site at the Little Rock Port Industrial Park. read more >
“Where some come asking for incentives, Amazon didn’t,” said Bryan Day, executive director of the Little Rock Port Authority.
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Gratis Industrial Ground Remains a Go-To IncentiveLock Icon

Unlike other companies calling, Amazon didn’t focus on incentives when it paid the market rate for its future distribution center property. read more >
Entergy Arkansas' virtual tours of key industrial real estate sites, like this one at 6001 Lindsey Road in Little Rock, include 360-degree views of the interiors and exteriors of properties.
Business Services / Manufacturing / Media & Marketing

Entergy, Chamber Offer Virtual Tours for Site Selectors

Entergy Arkansas and the Little Rock Regional Chamber are putting on a virtual show for businesses interested in locating in Arkansas, offering detailed online tours of buildings ready for service. read more >
Raymond Omar Long
Government & Politics / Manufacturing

Raymond Long to Oversee Business Retention at Little Rock Chamber

The Little Rock Regional Chamber hires Raymond Omar Long as director of business retention and expansion. read more >
Dickson Flake
Construction

Arkansas Commercial Real Estate Pioneer Dickson Flake Dies at 81

L. Dickson Flake, the commercial real estate developer whose major projects include the 33-story Regions Center in Little Rock and J.B. Hunt Transport Services headquarters in Lowell, died Tuesday in Little Rock. He was 81. read more >
A rendering of a proposed Costco warehouse store on Chenal Parkway in west Little Rock.
Investments / Public Companies / Real Estate

Costco Files Application to Put Store in West Little Rock

Costco Warehouse Corp. of Issaquah, Washington, has filed an application with the city of Little Rock to put a 165,000-SF warehouse store at the southwest corner of Chenal Parkway and Kirk Road. read more >
Education / Health Care

Lexicon in Partnership to Make Face Shields for Arkansas Hospitals

Lexicon Fabricators and Constructors of Little Rock plans to deliver 4,000 face shields for health care workers to six central Arkansas hospitals next week. read more >
The 223,880-SF industrial property at 7400 Scott Hamilton Drive.
Energy

LM Wind Power to Close Little Rock Plant As Industry Moves to Bigger Blades

LM Wind Power said Tuesday that it will close its wind blade manufacturing plant in Little Rock later this year amid declining demand for its product. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics / Retail / Transportation

Little Rock Approves Land Sale to Amazon in City’s Port

Little Rock city leaders on Tuesday unanimously approved the $3.2 million sale of land in the Little Rock Port to an entity backed by Amazon, which plans to put a distribution center there. read more >

Venture Center, Little Rock Chamber Announce New Origin Program

The Venture Center and Little Rock Regional Chamber announced Tuesday a new program called Origin. read more >
Little Rock Regional Chamber officials Kristi Barr and James Reddish lead central Arkansas’ Next Generation Learning program.
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Next-Gen Learning: Businesses Embrace Career AcademiesLock Icon

Metro Little Rock schools have accelerated a plan to put all 13,000 public high school students in Pulaski County on career-themed paths. The effort also aims to recast public schools as magnets for central Arkansas economic development, not impediments. read more >
Jay Chesshir
Business Services / Nonprofits / Restaurants & Food / Small Business

Little Rock Chamber Announces Partnership with SCORE

The Little Rock Regional Chamber announces a new partnership with the local SCORE chapter of Little Rock. read more >
Small Business

Afterglow Aircraft Solutions to Lease Space At Little Rock Airport

The Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission, the governing body of Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, on Tuesday approved business terms that will allow Afterglow Aircraft Solutions to locate operations at the airport. read more >
Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola proclaims the city's "break-up" with Amazon.
Media & Marketing

PRWeek Awards Honor ‘Love, Little Rock’ Campaign

Amazon ended up with two brides last month in its search for a mate to its Seattle headquarters, dividing its HQ2 between New York City and northern Virginia. But months before, it got jilted by Little Rock, and quite publicly. read more >