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Daily Digest: January 16, 2020


Second Fuel Accelerator Brings 14 AI, Machine Learning Companies to Arkansas

Fourteen artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning companies will be heading to Northwest Arkansas in January as part of the Fuel Accelerator.

Billing itself as the state’s first AI and machine learning accelerator, the Fuel Accelerator is bringing 14 companies from across the United States, Europe and Asia to spend 12 weeks learning from regional enterprise partners. The accelerator cohort will spend their time developing networks by meeting with startup founders, public policy officials and industry professionals, as well as participating in workshops.

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Father and Son Duo Developing Pine Mountain Resort in Eureka Springs

A father and son duo are developing a $10 million resort in the Ozarks Mountains that is intended to become a tourism boomtown in Eureka Springs, attracting mountain bikers, foodies, sightseers and more.

Marshall Johnson, a chef and entrepreneur, has partnered with his father Paul Johnson to create Pine Mountain, a resort area with restaurants, shopping and event space.

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Arkansas Federal Credit Union names new chief retail officer.



Duane Kees Resigns as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas

U.S. Attorney Duane “Dak” Kees has tendered his resignation and moving back into the corporate world.

Kees has served as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas since 2017 after being nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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Reducing electronic waste in Arkansas.


Arkansas Hospitals Plan Major Overhauls Statewide

Arkansas’ health-care community is growing by leaps and bounds as health systems and healthcare providers from one end of the state to the other have announced expansions to their physical footprint and medical services.

In September, Conway Regional Health System broke ground on a three-story, $13 million medical office building on the northeast corner of the hospital campus.

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Bringing the “life” in “quality of life” to South Arkansas.



Desperate Missouri State Hoping to Cash in on Petrino

A familiar name to Arkansas football fans will be coaching just up the road in the Ozarks next year. Missouri State named Bobby Petrino its head coach Wednesday. A press conference is set for Thursday.

Monday night, a local Springfield, Mo., outlet reported Petrino would be hired as the school’s new coach.

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Experts to discuss economic outlook at forecast luncheon.


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