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Cowork founders organize ‘barCamp’

On Aug. 20, more than 100 professionals representing the IT, marketing, engineering, graphic design and economic development industries gathered at UCA’s College of Business for an “un-conference” known simply as “BarCamp.” Co-organizer Dan Decker said the event got its start in the Conway Cowork office he shares with several other local web developers.

“We organized BarCamp out of a desire to promote community amongst tech-minded people in the central Arkansas area. We were very humbled by the response we received from the registrants/attendees and from our generous sponsors.”

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Sep
2010
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Chamber announces two new hires

The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the addition of two new professionals to their team. Sept. 1 marked the first day that Bart Shaw and Lindsay Grifford began their respective roles as VP of Operations and Director of Member Services.

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Sep
2010
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Conway restaurants top $130 MILLION in ’09

BY ROGER LEWIS - There are 198 establishments that sell prepared food in Conway as determined by collection of the two percent Advertising and Promotion tax. The criterion for collection of the tax (often referred to as the hamburger tax) is for food that is prepared and ready to eat at the point of sale.

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Sep
2010
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Brownfields offer economic option

In other cases, older sites have been in operation since long before current environmental best management practices and continue to operate in a less-than-ideal manner. Many of these sites experience a real, but unknown, negative impact on the soil and water quality of their immediate area and other areas downstream. Finally, others simply stand as blight, which only acts to discourage development interest.

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Sep
2010
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In the water, in the air, in the hills

A handful of recent events prompt us to offer a short response to environmental concerns related to the natural gas industry.

The first is the release of a Sundance Film Festival documentary film on HBO titled “Gasland.” “Gasland” spends most of its time and energy exploring the impact of the “fracking” process on drinking water. In the film’s climax, two Colorado landowners light their tap water on fire.

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Sep
2010
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Board votes to support Conway2012 proposal

When the Conway school district goes to voters with their Conway2012 millage proposal, they will take the support of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce with them.

At their June meeting, the Chamber board voted to endorse the Conway2012 plan. Board chair Lori Ross said not only was the additional investment needed, it was in the Chamber’s best interest. “For decades Conway Public Schools has helped drive our city’s growth. Our economy relies on the quality of our schools. This proposal will help us compete and prepares us for the next generation of excellence in public education.”

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