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Daily Digest: February 12, 2020


Clark County Officials Moving On From Chinese Paper Mill

Economic development officials are moving on from long-gestating Chinese paper mill in Clark County after the company has paused the project.

The Arkadelphia Alliance and Area Chamber of Commerce announced its plans to begin marketing a super-site developed for Shandong Sun Paper Industry, an endeavor that was announced in 2017 and was planned to be a $1.8 billion project. One of two Chinese projects – the other in Forrest City – the Clark County project was expected to employ 350 individuals and create thousands of more jobs.

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New Executive Director Appointed for Arkansas Waterways Commission

A new executive director has been named for the Arkansas Waterways Commission. The commission board has appointed Cassandra Caldwell to take the reins of the organization.

As executive director, Caldwell will head up the state’s agency for overseeing and promoting waterborne transportation and economic development for the ports of the Arkansas, Mississippi, Ouachita, Red and White rivers.

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Startup Junkie launches strategic innovation arm.
REAP-ing the benefits of solar energy.


Pine Bluff: Return To Glory

Pine Bluff, one of the oldest cities in Arkansas, is making strides into the future. After a few decades of gradual decline, Pine Bluff now is home to a progressive municipal government, dynamic economic planning and the largest construction project in Arkansas.

While Pine Bluff was officially incorporated in 1839, that spot along the Arkansas River has been inhabited for thousands of years by Native Americans.

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State representative calls for policy changes after incident.
Tide is Turning: Black mayors popping up across Arkansas.


Blue & You Foundation Gives UCA $149K Grant for Health Care Training Equipment

University of Central Arkansas students will soon benefit from state-of-the-art health care training stimulation, courtesy of the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas. The non-profit foundation, established and funded by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, awarded UCA with a $149,991 grant to purchase training stimulation equipment.

The equipment will be housed in the Nabholz Center for Healthcare Stimulation, which trains students by offering realistic health care work scenarios.

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Increasing awareness of heart disease in Arkansas.



OBU Signs Agreement Aimed at Streamlining Admissions Process

Ouachita Baptist University is working with a educational non-profit to streamline admissions for high-performing students. The university signed an Affiliation Agreement with Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) on Monday that is aimed at health care professions.

The agreement is designed to simplify the admission process for the ACHE Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Master of Science in Biomedicine programs, in addition to upcoming programs in occupational therapy and physical therapy.

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Four members named to UA Little Rock Foundation Fund Board.
ForwARd Arkansas launches search for new executive director.


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