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  • Slowing U.S. Economy, Home Prices Biggest Threats To Northwest Arkansas Growth

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (TB&P) — A slowing U.S. economy, ongoing trade wars and tariff impacts are the biggest threats to growth in Northwest Arkansas, according to Mervin Jebaraj, director of the Center for Business & Economic Research at the University of Arkansas. Jebaraj spoke Thursday (May 16) at the Quarterly Business Analysis luncheon in Fayetteville. In his analysis on the U.S. economy, Jebaraj pegs the chance for a recession at roughly 20% this year, without factoring in the latest round of […]

  • Largest Solar Array On City Land In Arkansas To Start Operating July 1 In Fayetteville

      FAYETTEVILLE (TB&P) — Construction is on schedule and on budget for the largest solar array on city-owned land in Arkansas, and the 10-megawatt system is expected to begin operating July 1, said Matt Irving, vice president of operations for Today’s Power Inc. (TPI) Work on the $23 million system started in March, and the city of Fayetteville hosted a media tour Tuesday (May 14) of the half of the system that’s near the Paul R. Noland Wastewater Treatment Facility […]

  • Fort Smith Board To Hear Update On Food Insecurity Event

    FORT SMITH (TB&P) —Sebastian County is one of six counties selected from more than 3,000 U.S. counties as part of a Walton Family Foundation-funded project to study food insecurity. The Fort Smith Board of Directors on Tuesday (May 14) will get a review of an upcoming June “data walk” designed to highlight area food insecurity issues. The June event is the result of an initial effort by the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute and Fort Smith-based Antioch for Youth and Family to look at the […]

  • Officials Say Worker ‘Pipeline’ Key To Fort Smith Metro Workforce Development

    FORT SMITH (TB&P) — Workforce development is vital to Fort Smith. It’s a point Tim Allen, Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, has stressed often over the past several years. In order to attract more industry to the region, there has to be an increase to the pool of skilled workers in the Fort Smith MSA, Allen says. In order to increase that pool, schools and industry have to work together. The University of Arkansas at Fort […]

  • OK Foods Boss Says Fort Smith Metro Becoming Attractive To Younger Demographic

    FORT SMITH (TB&P) —The key to business success in Fort Smith is “community, community, community,” Trent Goins, president and CEO of Fort Smith-based OK Foods, told a group of about 75 who gathered for the PRIME River Valley Professional Summit on Thursday (May 9). This was the second summit for the newly formed young professionals group in downtown Fort Smith. PRIME hosted its inaugural all-day summit last September. The group’s theme this year is “Create. Engage. Disrupt,” and Goins shared […]

  • Duluth Trading Co. In Rogers To Open May 9

    ROGERS, Ark. (TB&P) — Wisconsin-based Duluth Trading Co. will open its first store in Arkansas on Thursday (May 9) at 3200 S. 27th Street in Rogers, just south of AG Russell Knives and the At Home store off of the Pleasant Grove Road exit of Interstate 49. The Rogers store will be No. 53 for the Mount Horeb, Wisc.-based specialty retailer known far and wide for its “Buck Naked” brand of underwear. Steve Nicoll, a native of Springdale, is the local store manager. […]

  • Mantra Mural Coming To Downtown Fort Smith As Part Of Bentonville Film Festival Collaboration

    FORT SMITH (TB&P) — The art gods giveth and the art gods taketh away. The downtown Fort Smith mural by Maser near the U.S. Post Office will soon be painted over by French artist Mantra. The work is part of a collaboration between The Unexpected and the Bentonville Film Festival. Details on the collaboration – first announced April 16 – have also changed, with the two-night program now being one night. The feature film “Turnover” will be presented at 7:30 p.m., May 10, in […]

  • Two New Restaurants Bring Different Menus, Jobs To Downtown Van Buren

    VAN BUREN, Ark. (TB&P) — The historic Main Street in downtown Van Buren soon will offer two new restaurants for tourist, residents and visitors. The Vault 1905 Sports Grill is set to open Tuesday (May 7) at 624 Main St. in the historic Citizens Bank. Pasta Grill will open at the end of May or first of June at 810 Main St., where Cottage Café once was. “We are trying to keep people in Van Buren and to visit downtown […]

  • Written Policies Key To Manage Employees Who Are Medical Marijuana Patients

    FORT SMITH (TB&P) — With more than 540,000 Arkansans possibly eligible for medical marijuana, Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce members were told Tuesday (April 30) that employers are going to have to learn a new set of rules. Stuart Jackson, an attorney with Little Rock-based Wright Lindsey Jennings, shed some light on marijuana in the workforce during two information sessions sponsored by the Fort Smith chamber. Dispensaries are preparing to open across the state and more than 10,877 Arkansas […]

  • Walmart To Test Autonomous Cars In Bentonville, Tyson Talks Technology

    BENTONVILLE (TB&P) —Walmart will begin testing autonomous vehicles in Bentonville in the next six weeks. Jason Shaffer, director of digital operations at Walmart, who broke the news was one of the keynote speakers at the Trends in Supply Chain Management Conference held at the University of Arkansas on Thursday (April 25). Shaffer said while Walmart has tested autonomous vehicles for online grocery orders in areas like Chandler, Ariz., the technology is coming to the streets of Bentonville in the next […]

  • Responses To Water Billing Issues Presented To Fort Smith Board, Utility Department To Offer Explanations

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (TB&P) —The Fort Smith Board of Directors were told Tuesday (April 23) that many issues residents have with high bills since the first of the year have been resolved. The board addressed citizens’ concerns over unusually high water bills at the April 2 board of directors meeting. Some water bills among the city’s 37,153 customers ballooned beyond the normal in the first quarter of the year as the city continued to install new meters, began using a […]

  • Walmart’s Top Five Executives Earned $68.73 Million Last Year

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (TB&P) — The top five executives at Walmart are paid handsomely for their services, raking in a combined $68.73 million last year. Total income for the top five earners rose 6.19% from the reported figure a year ago, according to the retailer’s annual Proxy filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday (April 23). Absent from this year’s top-five earning officers was Marc Lore, CEO of Walmart U.S. E-Commerce, who joined the retail giant in 2016 […]

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