Paul Gatling

Contributing Reporter

Contributing reporter from Northwest Arkansas Business Journal and Talk Politics.

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Ozarks at Large for Thursday, February 4, 2021

Feb 4, 2021

On today's show, we find out how Benton and Washington counties will be distributing a combined $15 million in federal rental assistance funding. Plus, we head to Gentry where voters are casting ballot in a special election that will decide Sunday alcohol sales in the small western Benton County town. And, we learn about how federal stimulus checks are helping lift the state's revenue during the pandemic.

The pandemic has boosted the bottom line for liquor stores in Arkansas, but hurt bars. An examination of some economic effects on alcohol sales over the past 10 months is part of this week's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report.

On today's show, we find out how the Fort Smith School District is reducing the number of high school students with failing grades during the pandemic. Plus, we learn more about a survey that aims to gather information about the resources local creatives need to be successful during the pandemic and beyond. And, we head to Little Rock where the Arkansas legislature is considering a number of education bills, including one that would prohibit funding the teaching of the 1619 Project.

So many industries and businesses have been changed and impacted over the course of the last 11 months of the pandemic. This week, the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Reporter examines how a structural engineering firm is handling an odd year.

On today's show, we learn about the mRNA technology that makes the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines possible. Plus, we hear about how a Northwest Arkansas pharmacy is handling vaccine distribution. And, we explain how small business owners can apply for the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program included in the latest coronavirus stimulus package.

In this week's edition of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report, Roby Brock hosts the annual Talk Business and Politics State of the State Executive Roundtable, which includes business leaders in telecommunications, banking and manufacturing, to discuss the outlook for 2021.

Ozarks at Large for Thursday, January 14, 2021

Jan 14, 2021

On today's show, we have details on the two alternative care sites the state will be opening next week to make additional room for COVID-19 patients who require hospitalization. Plus, we find out how after school programs are relieving pressure on both children and their parents during the pandemic. And, we hear about the governor's new workforce program, as well as a nonprofit that helps local seniors downsize their accommodations.

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During the first eleven months of 2020 travel through Northwest Arkansas National Airport dropped by 60 percent. In this week's Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report, Paul Gatling speaks with Andrew Branch, XNA's chief development officer, about what airport administrators expect in 2021.

Ozarks at Large for Thursday, January 7, 2021

Jan 7, 2021

On today's show, we find out how the recent COVID-19 surge in the state is impacting in-person visitation at Arkansas Department of Corrections facilities. Plus, we have details about a new bicycle technician program that could be coming to Northwest Arkansas Community College later this year. And, we have information about a new summer program launched by the Women's Foundation of Arkansas for women of color who are enrolled in STEM studies.

In this week's edition of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report, Roby Brock speaks with the CEO of CARTI, a Little Rock-based nonprofit cancer treatment center, about the organization's recent expansion and future plans that may include a Northwest Arkansas location.