Qualifications for a director, organizational expectations and incubator options were the focus of a Tuesday meeting (Sept. 20) that is part of a series of meetings focused on restarting the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center.
The Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce pushed an electronic survey out its membership on Tuesday asking for their thoughts about the Fort Smith Convention Center and a proposed 1% prepared food tax intended to support the center and its programming.
Wes Kemp, president and CEO of Fort Smith-based ABF Freight System, will retire Dec. 31, ending an almost 43-year career with the less-than-truckload operator that has included significant company growth and tough economic times. [Wes Kemp, ABF]
The fifth edition of The Consumer Compass Report shows a drop in confidence with respect to personal finances and the overall economy — a finding that should come as no surprise to anyone closely watching economic conditions locally and at the state and national levels.
The news continues to be less than optimistic about the future of Whirlpool’s massive production and warehousing facility in Fort Smith, with a source saying total employment could dip to 650 by January.
Proposals to increase environmental regulations were discussed Tuesday (Sept. 13) during a joint legislative committee, with a state official saying “adequate” regulations are in place to monitor natural gas production in Arkansas.
Arkansas’ seven metro areas in or substantially connected to the state saw GDP gains in 2010, with the Jonesboro metro area posting the highest percentage gain, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
The Fort Smith Advertising & Promotion Commission unveiled Monday (Sept. 12) a detailed 6-year plan on how revenues from a proposed 1% prepared food tax would be spent if voters approve the funding mechanism for the Fort Smith Convention Center.