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Walmart to Acquire Smart TV Maker Vizio for $2.3B

The deal aims to expand Walmart’s rapidly growing advertising business to compete with Amazon.

Robots and Happy Workers: Productivity Surge Helps Explain US Economy’s Surprising Resilience

The productivity boom marks a shift from the pre-pandemic years, when annual productivity growth averaged a tepid 1.5%.

John Brown University to Offer Bachelor’s Degree in AI

John Brown University said it will be the first Christian university in the nation to offer a bachelor’s in the field.

Advanced Energy Expo Set for Students, Industry Pros, Job Seekers and Educators

Students will learn about a growing industry long before embarking on their careers, and industry leaders will be kept abreast of the latest technologies in the field.

Technology / Construction / Real Estate

Rogers OKs 3D-Printed Housing Development, the First in Arkansas

The builder, Alquist 3D of Greeley, Colorado, uses robotic technology capable of constructing a 1,500-SF home in 30 hours.  read more >
Technology / Business Services / Media & Marketing / Restaurants & Food / Retail / Small Business

Design Your Business to Support Your Life (Sabrina Starling On Small Business)

A business vision is only as compelling as the personal vision to which it’s connected. read more >
Technology / Energy / Industry / Manufacturing / Public Companies / Transportation

Canoo Names Michael Carter as Chief People Officer

Canoo Inc., the electric-vehicle maker with plans to open offices in northwest Arkansas, has named Michael Carter as its chief people officer. Carter will assist the company “through its growth […] read more >
Construction / Education / Real Estate

$1.2M EDA Grant Will Support Shorter College Tech Hub

The funds will help transform the historic Rock Island Railroad Depot in North Little Rock into a space with classrooms, office space and more. read more >
Technology / Nonprofits

GoodChange Aims to Bring Good Change to Fundraising

GoodChange, a web-based application developed in Little Rock by Becky Pittman and Emily Wineland aim to simplify the tangled web of raising money. read more >
Education / Government & Politics

State Skills Development Leader Leaving for New Job

The director of the Office of Skills Development is leaving the post for a job with Transfr of New York, a workforce training technology provider. read more >
Banking & Finance / Investments

Alana Girard Named COO at Generations Bank of Rogers (Movers & Shakers)

She previously was director of operations of the financial institution. read more >

7 Crucial Questions To Ask During A Security Risk Assessment

Construction / Energy / Government & Politics / Investments / Public Companies

A Gusher for an Era of EVs?Lock Icon

The lithium race, like the boom that followed drillers striking oil in the Smackover Formation a century ago, could transform Magnolia, El Dorado and the entire region. read more >
Energy / Investments / Real Estate

Exxon Investment Didn’t Surprise Standard’s MintakLock Icon

Exxon Mobil Corp.'s $100 million investment in Arkansas land leases was a validation of Standard Lithium's six years of work here, its CEO says. read more >
Investments / Manufacturing / Public Companies / Transportation

Canoo Narrows Q2 Loss, Announces New Delivery Vehicle

Electric vehicle maker Canoo Inc. of Torrance, California, on Monday announced a $70.9 million net loss, an improvement over the loss it reported in the same quarter last year. The […] read more >
Investments / Manufacturing / Transportation

Canoo Finalizes Incentive Deals Worth $113M

Electric vehicle-maker Canoo Inc. finalizes workforce and economic development incentive agreements in Oklahoma for its vehicle assembly and battery module plants there. read more >

FNBC Hires Cathryn Hays as Internal Auditor (Movers & Shakers)

Hays will work with department leaders to manage the bank’s risk profiles. read more >
Construction / Energy / Investments

Greg Lewis Appointed Chief Deposit Officer at Encore Bank (Movers & Shakers)

Lewis fills the newly created position to oversee the bank’s deposit growth strategy. read more >
Agriculture & Poultry / Education

Labor Shortage Drives Innovation in Poultry IndustryLock Icon

Securing reliable, seasonal labor, as well as maximizing efficiency using technology as just a couple of ways Arkansas poultry is seeing improvements. read more >
Health Care / Investments

Pacific GeneTech Subsidiary PGTx Works Toward Dysentery VaccineLock Icon

Pacific GeneTech is building a world headquarters in Springdale. read more >
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Education

UA Little Rock Professor Joins Arkansas Research Alliance Academy

Information science Professor Mary Yang will receive $75,000 to support her research while joining a cohort of seven other academics for interdisciplinary collaboration. read more >
Government & Politics / Small Business

Commerce Department Starts Process to Fund Tech Hubs Across the US with $500M in Grants

The Commerce Department is launching the application process for cities to receive a total of $500 million in grants to become technology hubs. read more >
Canoo Inc. CEO Tony Aquila, left, shows Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson the inside of one of the company's electric vehicles during an event at the Governor's Mansion on Feb. 22, 2022. 
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Canoo Narrows Q1 Losses, Teases More Orders From Big Companies

The electric vehicle maker recently secured new orders from a Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 company, CEO Tony Aquila said. read more >
Construction / Public Companies / Real Estate

Uniti Reports $19.2M Q1 Loss

Executives attributed the losses to “ongoing macroeconomic challenges,” including inflation and supply chain issues. read more >