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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 >
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 >
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 >
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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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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 >