The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith received a $734,000 grant by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services that will be used to train veterans and unemployed area residents in commercial driving, medical billing and coding and industrial maintenance.
For realtors and mortgage loan officers fearing the impacts of Van Buren's loss of eligibility for the Rural Development Loan program, it appears the city and others across Arkansas have been given a one year extension before any changes occur.
Two fire stations built and paid for using sales tax proceeds in Fort Smith and Van Buren came in at nearly the same price per square feet, with the Fort Smith fire chief noting the use of a construction manager for savings on the city's newest firehouse.
At the first Fort Smith Library Board of Trustees meeting following the failed millage increase election on Aug. 12, the board and management of the library are expecting budget cuts for the 2015 fiscal year.
The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) has announced that construction contractor Kolb Grading will begin rock blasting operations on the west side of McKissic Creek Road in Benton County as part of the Bella Vista Bypass construction work.
Twenty-five individuals have been selected for the 2014-15 Leadership Fort Smith Class. Participants will take part in a yearlong program offering a glimpse into the challenges of the local economic, educational, medical, nonprofit and governmental communities.
A $4.9 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to the Fort Smith Regional Airport is the largest single grant received by the airport and will pay for completion of a major taxiway realignment by the fall of 2015.
The city of Fort Smith has invested $201.2 million since 1993 on wet weather sewer improvements and another $150 million or more could be poured into improvements before the city atones for violations of the federal Clean Water Act – bringing the grand total for compliance with the law to $351.2
A research team at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been approved for nearly $2.1 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study how to improve diabetes self-management in the Marshallese community of Northwest Arkansas.