Charles Dilks, the consultant to the Little Rock Technology Park Authority board, has sent the board further evaluation of three locations the board is considering for construction of the park. The letter was in response to a motion made at the board's December meeting, but is a little off the mark in being responsive to what the board wanted from him: An evaluation of the sites from a business perspective.
Instead, Dilks reiterated his earlier comments on the sites — at 701 Collins St. downtown, for which the board is being lobbied heavily by such folks as Charles Morgan (former head of Acxiom) and Richard Howe (executive chairman of Inuvo, an online advertising firm); acreage at University and Asher Avenue south of the UALR campus, and 1911-2225 John Barrow. Bottom line: he doesn't think much of any of them. The 10-acre Collins site is too small (Dilks separately sent board member Dickson Flake a chart indicating the need for larger sites), the University site has questionable access problems and the John Barrow site appears to be shaped like a bowl, with a lake in the middle of the property.
In conclusion, I hope these comments and thoughts will help the board review the final three sites being considered and provide some direction as to scope of work that a planner/engineer could help answer. With these questions answered and issues considered, the selection of the best of the three remaining sites can be made. But I must continue my admonition that the Authority move with caution in selecting any one of them and to make sure there is no other alternative site that could be made available that would be more favorable to the success of the technology park based on the broad number of success factors I have previously emphasized.
The line is open. News roundup: Mike Maggio formally withdraws from Court of Appeals race and two moms arrested for leaving kids in frigid cars in the Oaklawn parking lot while they fed the slot machines inside.
In an e-mail, Circuit Judge Mike Maggio has announced with his withdrawal from the Arkansas Court of Appeals race after disclosure ofhis injudicious commentary on Tiger Droppings, an LSU fan website. He acknowledged the comments and, while saying he took "full responsibility" nonetheless invoked the "politics of personal destruction."
The tween-pop Elvis is coming to Verizon for what is guaranteed to be the most frenzied concert Little Rock sees all year. Now, the Biebs has gotten more than his fair share of criticism since his astronomical ascent from YouTube scrubbery to international megafame, but we're not interested in calling out the omnipresent young pup for his fortunes, deserved or otherwise.
Mike Huckabee, who left Arkansas, where he built the platform for his media success and which, incidentally, has an income tax, is putting down expensive roots in a beach development in Walton County, Fla., east of Destin — a $3 million home.
Last week, Rep. Josh Miller, a Republican legislator from Heber Springs, spoke against the private option Medicaid expansion last week. He invoked FDR's New Deal — a "hand up," he said, not a "handout."