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Mike Mills of Buffalo Outdoor Center
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Sanders Picks Mike Mills to Lead Department of Parks & Tourism

Mills, who has nearly 50 years of experience in the tourism industry, would replace Stacy Hurst, who was appointed by outgoing Gov. Asa Hutchinson. read more >
Hot Springs National Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Restaurants & Food / Retail / Tourism

Arkansas Set Visitor Record in 2021 as Tourism Industry Continued Recovery

Visitor spending last year totaled about $8 billion, 33% higher than 2020 and on par with 2019. read more >
Colbie Jones, director of Keep Arkansas Beautiful
Government & Politics / Tourism

Colbie Jones Hired as Director of Keep Arkansas Beautiful

She previously worked for MHP/Team SI in public relations and account management roles. read more >
Stacy Hurst • Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage & Tourism
Government & Politics / Tourism

Arkansas Tourism Rebounding

The Blue Mountain project comes as tourism in Arkansas is vigorously bouncing back from COVID’s disastrous effects and travelers are looking for ever more outdoor activities. read more >
The Chancellor Hotel in Fayetteville, the Arlington Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs and the Marriott in Little Rock
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A&P Taxes Indicate Rebound Strong, Not Complete

The tourism and hospitality industries rebounded strongly in 2021, but local tax collections indicate that a few cities haven’t seen visitors return to pre-pandemic levels. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics / Tourism

State Awards $3.6M in Outdoor Recreation Grants

Projects in 25 counties across the state are receiving funds. read more >
Education / Government & Politics / Tourism

Shea Lewis Picked to Lead Arkansas State Parks

He now leads the operation of 52 state parks and oversees a $158 million annual budget. read more >
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing / Tourism

Jeff LeMaster to Lead Communications at Parks, Heritage & Tourism

He's a former editor at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and calls himself “first and foremost a storyteller." read more >
Katherine Gentry Andrews
Government & Politics / Tourism

Katherine Andrews to Lead New Arkansas Office of Outdoor Recreation

She had been at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission since 2016, serving first as a project manager, then as the director of small business and entrepreneurship development. read more >
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

When Low Bids & High Scores Lose (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

The lowest scoring but most expensive company bidding to devise a statewide broadband deployment strategy was selected in a process one competitor thinks was tailor-made for the politically connected vendor. read more >
War Memorial Stadium
Banking & Finance / Media & Marketing / Public Companies / Real Estate

Simmons Bank in Negotiations for Naming Rights to Field at War Memorial Stadium

It's the second stadium sponsorship deal the growing bank has announced this month. read more >
Grady Spann
Government & Politics

Arkansas State Parks Director Grady Spann To Retire

Spann started his career with Arkansas State Parks in 1993, as superintendent of Parkin Archeological State Park, and he was named director in 2016. read more >
Blue Mountain
Government & Politics / Tourism

Governor Forms Outdoor Recreation Office, Adds Blue Mountain to Offerings

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announces a new Office of Outdoor Recreation, a 10-member board to guide that office, and the addition of Blue Mountain to the state's outdoor recreation opportunities. read more >
Construction / Education / Tourism

SAU Tech Awarded $996K for Student Housing Project

Southern Arkansas University Tech in Camden has been awarded a $996,275 grant to restore one set of the 500-man barracks it owns. read more >
War Memorial Stadium
Restaurants & Food / Retail / Small Business / Tourism

NJCAA to Play Championship Games in Little Rock

The National Junior College Athletic Association is bringing its football championship games to Little Rock for the next three years. read more >
Esperanza Massana-Crane, the state’s new director of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise, says a hate crimes bill is necessary for Arkansas, a stand also held by her boss, Commerce Secretary Mike Preston, and his boss, Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
Government & Politics / Legal / Media & Marketing / Nonprofits / Tourism

The Costs of a Hateful ImageLock Icon

Senate Bill 3, commonly known as the “hate crimes bill,” boils down to a crucial chance to burnish Arkansas’ image and remove a hurdle to recruiting companies and workers, government officials and business leaders say. read more >
War Memorial Stadium
Education / Media & Marketing

Razorbacks, Red Wolves to Face Off in 2025 at War Memorial

The University of Arkansas signs a deal to bring two more football games to War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, including a first-ever game against Arkansas State University. read more >
Montine McNulty, executive director of the Arkansas Hospitality Association.
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Convention Centers Can’t Wait for Legislative SessionLock Icon

Arkansas’ hospitals and other industries have urgent concerns for the Legislature to address in the regular session that will commence on Jan. 11, but a key piece of the hospitality industry has needs that are more urgent. read more >
Government & Politics / Restaurants & Food / Retail / Small Business

Arkansas Offers $50M Grant Program for Tourism, Hospitality

The state of Arkansas announces a $50 million grant program aimed at helping the state's hospitality industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. read more >
The Wild Water Rampage water slide.
Construction / Government & Politics / Real Estate

Locals ‘Ecstatic’ Over Johnny Morris’ Dogpatch Purchase

Local and state officials were pleased to hear that the 400-acre Dogpatch USA theme park property in Newton County was purchased last month by an LLC led by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. read more >