Arkansas Industry Insider Newsletter

Greetings Industry Insiders!

You might be busy catching your breath during this fast-paced holiday season, but I’ll bet the good news below will give a needed energy boost. From the historic River Lights in the Rock event to announcements of Henry Awards nominees, we’ll all have additional causes to celebrate this season.

Enjoy your reading, and happy holidays!


Joe David Rice

Henry Awards Finalists Announced

Finalists have been announced for the Henry Awards, which recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to Arkansas’s tourism industry. View a complete list here.

The awards will be presented on March 11, 2014, at the 40th Annual Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism in the John Q. Hammonds Convention Center in Rogers.

For additional information regarding the 40th Annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism, please contact the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism at (501) 682-1088. Questions regarding the Henry Awards can be directed to Kristine Puckett or Jessica Ledbetter at (501) 682-5240.

Bridge Lighting Electrifies Little Rock

On Thursday, Dec. 19, Little Rock drew holiday crowds with its $2.4 million River Lights in the Rock celebration, a historic event that marked the illumination of the Main Street, Junction and Clinton Presidential Park bridges.

The project was made possible by a $2 million gift from Entergy Arkansas, along with support from the William J. Clinton Foundation, the Pulaski County Bridge Authority, Philips Lighting, Koontz Electric, the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock and the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Texan Wins Choose Your Escape Contest

The winner of the Department’s Choose Your Escape contest is Teri Jordan of Dallas, Texas. Teri will receive a $1,500 vacation to the Natural State destination (or destinations) of her choice.

Teri has roots in Arkansas and is a big fan of the mountain scenery. She selected a beautiful fall mountain drive point-of-view video when she entered the contest to represent her idea of the perfect escape to Arkansas.

The runner-up in the Choose Your Escape contest was Evone Roberts of Jonesboro, Ark. Evone will receive $500 to use toward making her dream Arkansas getaway come true. For her contest entry, she chose the “aerial adventure” point-of-view video from Horseshoe Canyon Ranch as the best representation of her ideal Arkansas escape.

Voters Approve Robinson Renovation

Little Rock voters approved a plan recently to dedicate a portion of the city's restaurant and hotel tax to repay bonds for up to $73.5 million in renovations to Robinson Center Music Hall.

The project will expand the 1939 building from 133,500 square feet to 138,000 square feet. Performance space will also be reconfigured to create two tiers of balcony seating, dropping seating capacity to 2,120 from 2,600. Completion is scheduled for 2016.

Crystal Bridges Plans Anniversary Show

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art recently revealed plans for a major exhibition of contemporary art next fall. Plans for the exhibition were announced on Nov. 11, the day the museum celebrated its second anniversary.

The exhibition will run from Sept. 13, 2014 to Jan. 5, 2015, and contain pieces by more than 100 artists. The works were selected after curators visited more than 400 studios across America.

Agriculture Dept. Announces Grant Program

The Arkansas Agriculture Department will administer $45,000 in one-time funding to the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission for annual Arkansas festivals that feature an agricultural or forestry product or theme.

Applications are available here and will be accepted through Jan. 24, 2014.

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