Fort Smith

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Fort Smith City Director Keith Lau has recommended a new workforce initiative that would create a partnership between city hiring and organizations that help residents living in poverty. Lau says the city employs about a 1,000 people and some of those positions can be earmarked for residents seeking higher paying jobs.

The First 100 Families initiative in Fort Smith, which is spearheaded by Restore Hope Arkansas, aims to keep children out of the foster care system by bringing together organizations and agencies to provide wrap-around services to help struggling parents. The collaborative includes the Sebastian County Department of Human Services, as well as nonprofits that provide everything from shelter to parenting classes.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, examines the Fort Smith economy and offers thoughts on the city's economic future.

The U.S. economy lost $915 million following the historic flooding along the Arkansas River this year. That's according to Bryan Day, the director of the Little Rock Port Authority, who spoke at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service this week.

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Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, discusses the Fort Smith budget process, the latest tourism economic numbers and the legacy of Jack Moseley. Moseley, a longtime journalist in Fort Smith, died this week.