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Carl Geffken, Fort Smith city administrator, suggests that his town spend the funds on water projects.
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Rescue Cash for Every City, County and Town

The 14 larger Arkansas cities receiving nearly $209 million in federal pandemic recovery funds aren’t looking a gift horse in the mouth — even one that comes with 150 pages of riding instructions. read more >
Chairman Joseph Byrd of the Quapaw Nation Business Committee
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Ahead of Casino Opening, New Quapaw Leader Goes QuietLock Icon

Joseph Byrd, the new Quapaw Nation business chairman, has not responded to repeated requests for comment. And he’s been equally silent with local and state officials on how plans for an Oct. 1 grand opening are proceeding for the 80,000-SF Saracen Casino Resort gaming floor. read more >
The first phase of Pine Bluff’s downtown streetscape project is expected to be completed in  October. The $5 million phase covers renovations on Main Street from Barraque Street to Fourth Avenue, including extended sidewalks for outdoor dining.
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Pine Bluff Gets a Sprucing UpLock Icon

Led by the Saracen Casino Resort, which has a construction value of $215 million, Pine Bluff is seeing growth across the city unlike any in recent years. read more >
Go Forward Pine Bluff
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Keeping Faith With The Voters (Editorial)

Earlier this month, the Pine Bluff City Council voted to divert a big chunk of money — $2.1 million — from Go Forward Pine Bluff, the city’s downtown revitalization effort, and apply it instead to city departmental budgets. read more >
The Arkansas River swells over into Little Rock's Riverfront Park on June 2.
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Governor Announces More Members, First Meeting of Levee Task Force

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announces additional appointments to the Arkansas Levee Task Force he created by executive order last month. 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 >
An architect's renditions of the proposed Quapaw-run casino for Pine Bluff, tentatively named Saracen Casino Resort, after a historic Quapaw Tribe chief. Issue 4, approved by Arkansans, will allow casinos in four counties.
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Local Leaders OK Quapaw Casino for Pine Bluff

Local leaders in Jefferson County and Pine Bluff have signed off on Downstream Development Authority, owner and operator of Downstream Casino Resort, as the area's casino operator. read more >
Hotel Pines owner Stuart Hee, left, and architect Nate Drinkwine.
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Pine Bluff’s Hotel Pines Undergoing a Transformation

Some people view a derelict hotel and see what has been lost. Others possess a different kind of vision: They see beyond what was lost to what remains and what can be again. Stuart Hee and his partners in the nonprofit Pine Bluff Rising are in the latter camp. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson, meeting with reporters last week ahead of the legislative session.
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Asa Hutchinson: Arkansas Leads Nation in Foreign Direct Investment

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, speaking at the Arkansas Delta Conference, said Arkansas leads the nation in foreign direct investment. read more >
The once-elegant Hotel Pines on Main Street in Pine Bluff is being tested for renovation. The nonprofit Pine Bluff Rising bought the property for one dollar, but has committed $300,000 for pumping out the basement, shoring up columns and fixing the roof to see if the hotel can be saved.
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Zombies Beware: Pine Bluff Is Rising

A growing army of developers and investors are on a mission of revitalization for the city of Pine Bluff. read more >