Arkansas River Valley

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Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, helps us remember restaurant owner Tom Caldarera, Jr. He also discusses a new hire at Leadership Crawford County and the challenges of being a mayor during the last 18 months.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, helps us understand economic numbers from a pandemic year. He says the figures are a mixed bag.

Hammers and nails were in high demand in the Arkansas River Valley in 2020. Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, explains building permits for the region represented about a 10 percent increase last year. He also explains how you can buy a former high school in the River Valley.

Jonesboro-based Hytrol Conveyor Company is expanding to the River Valley. Officials formally announced yesterday the company is investing $20 million to open an advanced manufacturing operation in Fort Smith, which will create 250 new jobs within five years.

As the pandemic moves into a ninth month, home sales continue to be strong in the Arkansas River Valley.  Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, explains the phenomenon.

Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, explains why sales tax numbers are up compared to last year in the Fort Smith metro. He also talks about the upcoming retirement of a Sebastian County official and what he thinks we can expect when the votes start being counted Tuesday night.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, discusses an increase in commerce moving along the Arkansas River, the openings of two new businesses in downtown Fort Smith and why counterintuitive jobless numbers for Arkansas actually make sense.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, tells us about the infrastructure plans the city of Fort Smith has in the works for the coming year. He also discusses the name change of a public elementary school and an upcoming tax issue on the Fort Smith ballot.

Greenwood's Christmas Parade is a city staple, but the pandemic has posed a challenge to holding such events. So, instead, the city will host the first-ever Reverse Christmas Parade, which will let the crowd pass by stationary floats and bands.

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This week, Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, discusses the latest expansion move from the Arkansas Colleges for Health Education and the possible move of another Confederate statue.

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