Tagged: Arkansas Department Of Commerce

Broadband Grant Formula Raises Concerns

Broadband Grant Formula Raises Concerns

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A new proposed new state funding formula would route broadband grants only to internet service providers that can cover 25% of the upfront costs, possibly leaving out smaller providers. read more >

Broadband Efforts to Get $100M Boost

Broadband Efforts to Get $100M Boost

Technology & Telecom

The state will receive $100 million in federal funding “right off the bat” for broadband deployment through the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act that President Joe Biden signed on Nov. 15. read more >

Chinese Plans in Arkansas Face Scrutiny

Chinese Plans in Arkansas Face Scrutiny

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China remains a viable market for investment in and trade with Arkansas, including the state’s farmers, despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, trade officials say. read more >

To Keep Job Surge, Newport Keeps Tax

To Keep Job Surge, Newport Keeps Tax

Business ListCover Story

For the past 20 years, a half-cent for every buck spent in Newport has pumped millions of dollars into local economic development, helping to stem an exodus and turn Jackson County into a commuter destination for 3,000 incoming workers per day. read more >

Biden Budget Includes $149M for Three Rivers Project

Biden Budget Includes $149M for Three Rivers Project

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President Joe Biden’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2022 includes $149 million for the Three Rivers Project, which officials say would prevent an economically devastating shutdown of the 50-year-old McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. read more >

Arkansas Races to Bridge Broadband Divide

Arkansas Races to Bridge Broadband Divide

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Money to upgrade broadband infrastructure is being spread across Arkansas at a furious pace after the COVID-19 pandemic underscored the depths of the digital divide and delivered federal dollars to address it. read more >

At Depot, Apprentices Get Tickets to IT Jobs

At Depot, Apprentices Get Tickets to IT Jobs

Technology & TelecomTransportationCover Story

Newport’s Iron Mountain Train Depot still has its century-old ticket window, but instead of sending railroad passengers on their way, the refurbished station will soon put Arkansans on a track to better careers. read more >