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Leisure & Hospitality Leads Job Growth in Central Arkansas

The two biggest drivers of job growth in central Arkansas in the last year have been in the sectors of leisure and hospitality and health and education, according to the […] read more >
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Job Growth in Little Rock Metro Surpasses Pre-Pandemic Peak

More businesses are looking to hire — the challenge will be finding workers. read more >
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Metroplan Awards $16.5M in Transportation Grants

Fifteen projects that address safety and congestion issues in central Arkansas received funds. read more >
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Casey Covington Named Executive Director of Metroplan

Covington follows Tab Townsell in the role. Townsell, a former Conway mayor, retired earlier this year after leading the organization for six years. read more >
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Central Arkansas Retail Sales Decline 1.5% in 2022

Retail sales have been volatile in recent years. read more >
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Single-Family Housing Construction Slows in Little Rock Metro

Rising interest rates are taking a toll. read more >
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Shifting Job Trends in Central Arkansas Economy

The biggest changes were in the wholesale trade and especially the transportation-warehouse-utility sectors. read more >
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$2M Awarded for Transportation Safety Projects in Arkansas

Six projects across the state received funds. read more >
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Central Arkansas Job Growth Above Pre-Pandemic Levels

“There are signs of structural economic change underway,” Metroplan said in a December report, pointing to the area’s manufacturing and logistics sectors in particular. read more >
Construction / Real Estate

Central Arkansas Housing Starts Highest Since 2007

The greatest uptick was in North Little Rock. read more >
LaneShift CEO Ryan Hale addressed Metroplan members before they left on a bicycle tour of the Razorback Greenway from the Graduate Hotel in Fayetteville.
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Northwest Bike Boom Inspires More Trails

Other Arkansas cities plan greenways of their own. read more >
Health Care

Arkansas Deaths Exceed Births in 2021

Based on this year’s trends, deaths in 2022 will come in lower than in 2021. Regional population will continue growing, but more slowly than in the past. read more >
Cyclists cross the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge connecting Little Rock and North Little Rock over the Arkansas River. Housing construction in the Little Rock metro area hit a 14-year high in 2021.
Construction / Real Estate

Little Rock Region Saw Post-COVID Housing Boom, Report Says

Housing starts in the region hit a 14-year high. Meanwhile, affordability remained among the best in the nation, according to Metroplan. read more >
The Southwest Trail will cross the old Saline River Bridge near Benton which will be rebuilt with help from grant money announced this year.
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Southwest Trail Project Gets $2M in Federal Grants

Half the funds will go toward restoring the historic Saline River Bridge near Benton. read more >
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Central Arkansas Job Change Compared with US

Although most industries saw losses during the period, U.S. warehousing jobs grew quickly, according to Metroplan’s latest report on economic trends in the region. read more >
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Labor Challenges, Bargain Housing Noted in Report on Little Rock Region’s Economy

Job growth is running at a slightly slower pace than the national average, but the region has advantages in other areas. read more >
30 Crossing is in full swing on the Little Rock side of the river. Much of the ground equipment for the $1.1 billion effort came from Riggs Caterpillar.
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I-30 Crossing Project Stays in High Gear Despite CriticismLock Icon

Arkansas' costliest road project ever barrels ahead on $1.1B journey. read more >
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Urban Density Ticks Upward in Central Arkansas

In 2020, for the second decade in a row, central Arkansas cities slightly grew in urban density, or people per square mile, according to Metroplan, the area’s planning agency. read more >
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Census Shows Racial Change in Central Arkansas

Like the rest of the United States, the ethnic mix in the Little Rock metropolitan statistical area saw substantial change between 2010 and 2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. read more >
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Central Arkansas Cities Continue Population Growth

The 2020 U.S. Census showed the three largest cities in central Arkansas all grew, with Little Rock passing the 200,000 mark to reach 202,591. read more >