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3 Promoted at Southwest Power Pool (Movers & Shakers)

Kim O’Guinn has been named director of state regulatory policy. read more >
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Ex-Chief Looks in RearviewLock Icon

Retired North Little Rock Police Chief Mike Davis had his head in a new game. read more >
The new North Little Rock Justice Center at North Poplar Street and Interstate 40 is headed for a September opening.
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New North Little Rock Justice Center Gets Roadside Home

North Little Rock's $30 million police and courts building, scheduled for a September completion, is seen as a roadside advertisement for the city. read more >
Amazon's growing Pulaski County presence, which is made up of five delivery and fulfillment centers and a Whole Foods Market grocery store.
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Amazon Confirms Another Central Arkansas Fulfillment Center

Amazon confirmed plans Wednesday to open a new fulfillment center in North Little Rock next year and create more than 500 full-time jobs with a minimum $15 per hour wage there. read more >
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Koppers to Invest $23M in NLR Plant Expansion

Quick collaboration among state and local economic developers helped persuade Koppers Holdings Inc. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to retain its North Little Rock plant and invest at least $23 million to expand it over the next two years. read more >
Argenta Outdoor Dining District
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Have Cup, Will Travel: Drinks Hit The StreetsLock Icon

Outdoor drinks and dining have become commonplace in American downtowns, a trend pioneered in Arkansas by Little Rock, which initiated the River Market Entertainment District last summer. read more >
Oaklawn in Hot Springs expected a crowd of 40,000 for the Rebel Stakes weekend of March 14, but the pandemic left the stands empty.
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Arkansas Cities Say Pandemic Losses of Revenue May Be OverstatedLock Icon

City leaders around Arkansas are holding their breath as business and social activities gradually restart after the initial shock of the coronavirus pandemic. read more >
North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith at the North Little Rock airport last year, when he was promoting a $4 million construction project. Now the work is on hold.
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Private Jets Idle, North Little Rock Delays Airport FixLock Icon

North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith is halting work on North Little Rock’s $3 million airport expansion as the coronavirus pandemic pushes the private aviation industry into a revenue tailspin. The mayor planned a new 5,900-SF FBO building and a 10,400-SF corporate hangar. 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 >
The North Little Rock City Services Building at 120 Main St.
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NLR Mayor Sees Development Opportunities for ArgentaLock Icon

The city of North Little Rock is hoping for a major makeover of the downtown Argenta district, a development that would include a hotel, condos, shops and restaurants. read more >
Tab Townsell, executive director of Metroplan
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Metroplan Announces Plan for $55M Transportation Network

Metroplan announces plans to develop a $55 million regional multi-use path network over the next ten years. 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 >
Safe Foods Corp. officials and local leaders cut the ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of the company's new headquarters in North Little Rock.
Restaurants & Food

Safe Foods Shows Off New $15M Headquarters

Safe Foods Corp. of North Little Rock marks the grand opening of its new $15 million, 120,000-SF headquarters on 22 acres at 1501 E 8th St. read more >
The Amazon distribution facility at 1620 N. Locust St. in North Little Rock.
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Mayor Sees Signs Amazon May Stay in NLR Awhile

North Little Rock has 17 acres to offer to Amazon for a permanent facility or expansion. A permanent or expanded facility would require at least 10-15 acres and could create up to 300 jobs, according to the Mayor Joe Smith. read more >
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Conway Takes Stock of Success, Role in Region

City officials and economic development leaders touted Conway's individuality while celebrating its role as part of a larger metropolitan region. 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 >
Baptist Health’s four-story medical office building on Springhill Drive in North Little Rock is nearing completion and expected to be occupied in September.
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Springhill Medical Corridor Still Attracting BusinessLock Icon

Baptist Health, CARTI projects add to two decades of development on Springhill Drive in east North Little Rock, a place that was once best known as the lonely Interstate 40 location of ABF Freight’s central Arkansas terminal. read more >
North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith hopes the City Council will approve a bond issue for $4 million in airport improvements.
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North Little Rock Looks to the SkiesLock Icon

North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith had heard complaints about the North Little Rock Municipal Airport. Last fall, he asked some of the critical executives to put their concerns in writing, into a form he could take to the City Council. They did, and the remarks were scathing. read more >
CARTI personnel and others break ground on the nonprofit's new cancer treatment center in North Little Rock.
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CARTI Breaks Ground on New $7M Center in NLR

CARTI held a groundbreaking Friday for its new cancer center at 4201 Springhill Drive in North Little Rock. read more >
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GateHouse Shutting Down Pulaski, Lonoke County Papers

GateHouse Media Inc., the national chain that owns more U.S. newspapers than any other, is shutting down its weekly print papers in Pulaski and Lonoke counties, the company’s senior group publisher based in Pine Bluff confirmed Tuesday morning. read more >