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Dec
2010
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Analyzing Faulkner County’s Billion Dollar Retail Market

Faulkner County‘s annual retail sales are approximately $1.5 billion. Eighty percent of that ($1.2 billion) occurs in Conway. Conway is the trade center for the county and is becoming the trade center for the North Central Arkansas region. As retail options expand, the draw area will only widen.
I have only anecdotal data, but fewer Faulkner County residents are traveling to Little Rock to shop and people come from as far as Russellville and Clinton to shop here. They no longer bypass Conway and head south.

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Dec
2010
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Time flies when you’re having fun

It’s hard to believe that 2010 is all but over. I’m excited for 2011.

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Dec
2010
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2010: Growth that stood out

Conway has almost certainly felt a tempered impact of our nation’s difficult economic times. However, 2010 in Conway was a year of historic construction projects and foundation building policy. Before we rush on to 2011 we think it’s necessary to gratefully reflect on 2010 and just a few of the good things that happened for our community.

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Dec
2010
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Retailers Encouraged by Early Holiday Sales

The true impact of holiday spending in Conway won’t be known until well after the first of the year, but a number of local retailers are pleased with the opening weeks of this crucial month. “Customers are out shopping and buying. We are doing well,” said Brian Porterfield of Haynes ACE Hardware. Porterfield said customers are more informed than in past years. “Customers are being smart. They are shopping for not only the best price, but the best quality or value over time.”

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Dec
2010
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Conway Towne Centre receives new look, investment

When the Conway Towne Centre at the intersection of Highway 65 and Interstate 40 opened in 1986, it was one of Central Arkansas’ first shopping centers located outside of Little Rock/North Little Rock.

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Dec
2010
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cinemark now offers premiere venue in conway

In 1986, Conway residents welcomed Cinemark Theatres to the new Conway Towne Center at Interstate 40 and Highway 65. The city had fewer than 25,000 residents. Since that time, the city has added some 35 thousand residents and developed an appetite for a state of the art movie theatre experience. The wait for a new theatre officially ended Friday December 10th when Cinemark opened the doors to a new 12 screen theatre in their original Towne Centre location.

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Dec
2010
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‘Living Machine’ opens up acres for responsible development

During the planning process for the Village at Hendrix it became obvious that something would have to be done about Hendrix Creek. According to consultants, the creek was in ecological “disrepair.” This was primarily due to drainage from upstream development that was depositing silt and debris at an alarming rate. The creek’s location also prevented future phases of the Village from being developed. The creek was the heart of a 500 acre watershed that played a crucial role in storm water management. There were two possible solutions.

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Dec
2010
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Conway 2.0 – Cotton Rohrscheib

Cotton Rohrscheib is the co-founder of Pleth, (Pleth.com) an interactive agency with offices in Batesville and Conway. He is also a founding member of Conway Cowork. (ConwayCowork.com) He has worked with a number of small businesses on web development, managed hosting and email services.

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Nov
2010
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Surfing, Shopping and Saving in conway

A recent study indicated that Arkansas was 48th in broadband use. Part of the problem is accessibility. Fortunately for Conway residents, accessibility has not been a problem for well over a decade because of our local utility. In this edition of the Journal you’ll learn more about a new Internet product from Conway Corporation that will forever change your expectations for service.

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Nov
2010
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Arkansas Scholarship Lottery’s Impact on Faulkner’s Economy

In operation for one year, Sept. 28, 2009, through Sept. 30, 2010, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has produced $477million in sales.

Approximately 22 percent, or $105 million, of the revenue from lottery sales funds the Academic Challenge Scholarships. Faulkner County is one of the few counties where benefits received exceed the lottery sales.

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