For the fifth year in a row, the Fort Smith Convention Center had record revenue, the annual report presented to the Fort Smith Board of Directors at their Tuesday (Feb. 12) study session indicated. Starting in 2014, the convention center has consistently brought in revenues of $700,000 or more annually,...
The year 1885 was historic by any measure. Grover Cleveland was sworn in as the first Democratic president since the Civil War and the book “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” written by Mark Twain was published. In Northeast Arkansas, the town of Jonesboro had just incorporated two years earlier and it...
A niche movement in commercial real estate development will soon make its debut in Arkansas. Springfield, Mo.-development and property management company Green Circle Projects is nearing completion of an agricultural neighborhood in Bentonville known as an “agrihood.” In the simplest explanation, an agrihood is a residential community with an urban farm...
In late December 2018, Congress and President Donald Trump completed work on the $867 billion federal Farm Bill, putting in place the five-year framework for the nation’s agricultural policy. The five-year federal agricultural policy and spending measure includes a provision that legalizes industrial hemp and does not include work...
Mary Beth Brooks had been president and CEO of Bank of Fayetteville for 11 years when the bank was sold in November 2015 to Stuttgart-based Farmers and Merchants Bank. Brooks resigned following the sale to take a break and care for family members after a 30-year banking career. She also...
A bill that would abolish the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace and move its duties to the Arkansas Insurance Department moved one step closer to the governor’s desk Wednesday. Senate Bill 113 by Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, passed the House Insurance and Commerce Committee on a voice vote with a few...
A panel of legal and business experts on Wednesday provided an in-depth overview of the new federal Opportunity Zone rules that local and state economic officials hope will boost poor and distressed communities across the state. The discussion on the new federal program, which was inserted in the omnibus $1.8...
A week later than originally planned, President Donald Trump delivered his third State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress and the American public. After rattling off a litany of accomplishments and outlining a series of challenges facing the new Congress, Trump called on legislators to work...
Mercy Hospital President Eric Pianalto recently announced promotions for two of the health system’s employees. Vanessa Harper was promoted to vice president of operations for Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas in Rogers. Harper has more than 25 years of healthcare experience, including 18 years in human resources. Harper has worked at Mercy since...
The state and national economies have grown significantly since the Great Recession raged more than a decade ago, but a new study released by the University of Arkansas indicates that rural sections of the state have shown far less economic growth and in some places there is less economic...