Economic Development

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Jonesboro) explains Senate Bill 71, which would do away with state affirmative action programs, to the Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on March 7, 2023. (Screen shot)

Arkansas legislator says ending ‘state-sponsored discrimination’ is aim of his bill

BY: - March 8, 2023

Legislation that criminalizes government affirmative action programs in Arkansas heads to the full Senate after a panel approved it Tuesday. Senate Bill 71 by Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan of Jonesboro would do away with programs that encourage state agencies, public schools and colleges to hire people of color and women. The bill would make it […]

Sanders names directors of economic development, environmental quality

BY: - January 12, 2023

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday appointed two state agency veterans to be directors of the Arkansas Division of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Caleb Osborne will serve as director and chief administrator of environment at ADEQ, and Clint O’Neal will lead AEDC as executive director, Sanders announced in press statement. Osborne […]

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Commerce Secretary Mike Preston speak to reporters via video conference during a trade visit to Japan and China in late 2015. (Photo by Wesley Brown)

Hutchinson hands over job-recruiting legacy to the Sanders administration

BY: - January 9, 2023

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and his right-hand man Mike Preston ended the popular Republican governor’s eight-year tenure in office the same way they started: hunting for new jobs to grow the state’s 1.3 million-plus worker labor pool. Four days before leaving office, Hutchinson and Preston held their last press conference on Jan. 6 at the local […]

Former Entergy CEO to be Arkansas secretary of commerce, Huckabee Sanders announces

BY: - December 22, 2022

Gov.-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday she will nominate former Entergy Arkansas CEO Hugh McDonald as secretary of the Department of Commerce. McDonald, 64, served as president and CEO of the state’s largest electric utility from 2000 to 2016. Entergy provides power to more than 700,000 customers. He remains active in civic roles on the […]

Arkana Laboratories executive director Chris Larsen speaks at a podium on a green lawn. Guest speakers sit behind him in white chairs.

$30-million Arkana Laboratories expansion to create Little Rock jobs

BY: - September 7, 2022

Little Rock-based Arkana Laboratories is launching a $30-million expansion project that will create 74 new positions by 2028. As the largest renal pathology lab in the country, Arkana Laboratories processes an estimated 40% of the country’s kidney biopsies. The company makes more than $30 million annually, and some of its best-known competitors include the Mayo […]