What could be the final battle over the proposed FY14 budget is to take place Dec. 3 following a decision by the Fort Smith Board of Directors to bring the original budget presented earlier in November.
It’s been a good year for home builders across Northwest Arkansas, but the residential construction pace in the region’s four largest cities continues to taper with a 15% reduction in the number of new home starts in October compared to a year ago.
That traditional Thanksgiving dinner will cost a little less year thanks to lower turkey and milk prices, according to the Arkansas Farm Bureau. But before the feast can be digested, retailers promise to deliver a huge helping of pre-Black Friday bargains.
No one knows exactly what will happen to the city of Fort Smith's general fund budget once the Board of Directors meets for a third budget meeting on Tuesday (Nov. 26). But what is nearly certain is the expectation of at least some fireworks between the administration and the Board.
Downtown areas continue to attract investment across Northwest Arkansas. Springdale and Rogers are actively working to boost their downtown exposure as retail growth has moved westward toward to Interstate 540.
Dennis Wemyss, a graphic design student at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, and Josh Pham, an information systems student at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, planned to be observers at a business event last weekend.
Arkansas’ jobless rate rose to 7.5% in October, the highest level for the year, thanks primarily to the largest number of unemployed in the state in the past 20 months and a slight decline in the labor force size.
A corporate disagreement over an alternative fuel plant, new jobs for Springdale and the redemption of a former fallen Arkansas political star are part of the Northwest Arkansas Friday Wire for Nov. 22.
Union-backed groups and individuals announced Thursday (Nov. 21) a series of protests planned at Wal-Mart Stores on Black Friday and at the home office on Friday (Nov. 22), the one year anniversary of last year’s holiday protest.