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The Talk Business blog, today, highlights three potential industrial announcements for the Little Rock Port area. As mentioned in the Little Rock Airport thread, one of those projects is the Welspun Pipe plant, which could mean an investment of up to $80 million and 225-250 jobs. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette made this project sound like one with great potential for expansion in the coming years. The way both sources write, this one seems to be a certainty.

Another seemingly certain project is a facility for Boyd Metals, a Ft Smith-based sheet metal fabrication and transportation company. It would employ between 45 and 50 people.

Finally, an announcement could be made, soon, concerning the major windmill blade manufacturing company that has been rumored for months. The Arkansas legislature did pass a major economic incentive package to try and lure the company to the Port. The package requires that the company establish a presence in Arkansas by year

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In urban planning, a transit-oriented development (TOD) is a type of urban development that maximizes the amount of residential, business and leisure space within walkingdistance of public transport.

The Arkansas Arts Center building is almost completely demolished. This is a major project for Little Rock following a campaign of $128 million raised to fund the project and Arts Center.  T

Construction has started on the Arkansas Arts Center. This shot is from a video on an  AAC site . By looking at the trees I would say this is from a few months ago.

Found this on southeastrebusiness.com........

SOUTHEAST RETAIL

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS

Demand for retail exceeds supply in Little Rock as the overall retail climate is healthy, strong and in a growth phase. Little Rock is seeing local investors, broadening portfolios, fewer big box retailers, repositioning within the market and growing interest from national tenants and restaurants. Just like cities that are larger in size than Little Rock, it is experiencing the development of several mixed-use and lifestyle retail projects ranging in size from 300,000 to 800,000 square feet.

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It was announced that Welspun would a $100 million pipe making facility that would employ 300 people. The interesting thing was that they purchased enough land to build two more facilities if everything goes well with the first.

Does Little Rock need this type of company? The reported average salary will be $25,000. The average wage in 2003 for Pulaski County was over $34,000.

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Does Little Rock need this type of company? The reported average salary will be $25,000. The average wage in 2003 for Pulaski County was over $34,000.

Yes, indeed.

I know the Talk Business blog mentioned that the average salary would be $25,000, but other sources stated that the average salary was still unknown. That said, Little Rock cannot afford to be choosey about large employers who wish to move here. As much as I love our metro, I realize that we aren

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Does Little Rock need this type of company? The reported average salary will be $25,000. The average wage in 2003 for Pulaski County was over $34,000.

Absolutely. These jobs are for those with high-school education only, or slightly less than that. They don't make the average salary.

This is why Dassault's expansion was such a big deal, they pay extremely well for manufacturing jobs.

Of course we all want more IT, healthcare, and telecom jobs that are paying salaries double that. I'm hoping that cheaper cost of living will draw more of them and that Acxiom's investors will see the advantages in locating jobs here to save money vs California and Chicago and expand further here, maybe even with other companies.

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We stayed in Memphis last night at the Madison downtown. There is a Walgreens across the street. We also noticed that Memphis has a TON of Walgreens. There seems to be one on every corner. It seems like there were 4 or 5 on Poplar St alone and another 4 or 5 on Germantown Parkway alone. That is just two streets in the city.

I wonder if another large chain like CVS will ever enter the LR market?

USA Drug is a big competitor for Walgreen's/CVS in Central Arkansas. CVS could enter the market if they bought USA Drug.

USA Drug's hours are pretty crappy compared to the national chains, they need to step up to compete IMO.

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A major remodel of the Regions Bank building was mentioned on the forum, several months back. Today, in a small Arkansas Democrat-Gazette article about the missing bronze Minute Man plaque that once adorned the west side of the building, I read the following:

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The sign that can be seen from 430 has been replaced on the Holiday Inn Select with a Crowne Plaza sign. The hotel is to officially open as the Crowne Plaza on August 1.

With the redo of the Holiday Inn Select into a Crowne Plaza, the $20 million + renovation of the Capitol Hotel (who knows when it will reopen again. I drove by it today and most of the windows on the east side were boarded up and it looks like a lot of work needs to be done in the interior), the multimillion dollar renovation of the Holiday Inn Airport ( I don't like the exterior), the recently annouced renovation of the DoubleTree, the new Hampton Inn and Suites downtown and the proposed tower for the Wyndham there is a lot of investment going on in the hotel market in Little Rock.

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The Talk Business blog, today, highlights three potential industrial announcements for the Little Rock Port area. As mentioned in the Little Rock Airport thread, one of those projects is the Welspun Pipe plant, which could mean an investment of up to $80 million and 225-250 jobs. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette made this project sound like one with great potential for expansion in the coming years. The way both sources write, this one seems to be a certainty.

Another seemingly certain project is a facility for Boyd Metals, a Ft Smith-based sheet metal fabrication and transportation company. It would employ between 45 and 50 people.

Finally, an announcement could be made, soon, concerning the major windmill blade manufacturing company that has been rumored for months. The Arkansas legislature did pass a major economic incentive package to try and lure the company to the Port. The package requires that the company establish a presence in Arkansas by year

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There will be a press conference on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the state capitol for a major announcement. Governor Mike Beebe and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola will speak about the project. The word from Roby Brock is that they will announce the windmill blade plant.

From LM Glasfiber's website:

"LM Glasfiber today announced plans to open a new facility in Little Rock, Arkansas. The plant is scheduled to begin operations in first quarter 2008 and will employ over 1,000 people within five years."

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From LM Glasfiber's website:

"LM Glasfiber today announced plans to open a new facility in Little Rock, Arkansas. The plant is scheduled to begin operations in first quarter 2008 and will employ over 1,000 people within five years."

From the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce website:

"At 2:00 p.m. on July 18th, at the Governor

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Not sure where to put this, but today's ADG had an article on per capita income and growth:

Little Rock: $34,485 / 5.2% growth

NW ARK : $28,822 / 3.0% growth

Ft Smith : $27,729 / 5.0% growth

Hot Springs: $28,816

Jonesboro: $26,370

Pine Bluff: $24,695

National average for growth: 5.3%

Glad to see LR leading the way in growth!

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Not sure where to put this, but today's ADG had an article on per capita income and growth:

Little Rock: $34,485 / 5.2% growth

NW ARK : $28,822 / 3.0% growth

Ft Smith : $27,729 / 5.0% growth

Hot Springs: $28,816

Jonesboro: $26,370

Pine Bluff: $24,695

National average for growth: 5.3%

Glad to see LR leading the way in growth!

A few years ago when housing costs were quite a bit higher in LR numbers like that basically meant that LR and NWA had the same cost of living. Now NWA has a higher cost of living than LR and these number mean a big difference in cost of living between the two regions with LR residents making more and getting a lot more for it.

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There is some site work occurring at the NW corner of Kanis & Bowman (next to Sam's). Anyone know what it is leading to? A few year's ago, there was some mention of Lowes going in there but nothing ever came of it. I would really welcome it, though.

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There is some site work occurring at the NW corner of Kanis & Bowman (next to Sam's). Anyone know what it is leading to? A few year's ago, there was some mention of Lowes going in there but nothing ever came of it. I would really welcome it, though.

I posted the following a few weeks ago in another thread, which might pertain to the site work you've noted.

A proposal known as the

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There is some site work occurring at the NW corner of Kanis & Bowman (next to Sam's). Anyone know what it is leading to? A few year's ago, there was some mention of Lowes going in there but nothing ever came of it. I would really welcome it, though.

The Shoppes at Montclaire is further west. The work you are refering to is going to be a Hank's Furniture store....kind of boring.

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