Kevin Zaffaroni, senior vice president at Acxiom Corp. for information services and technology, is the University of Arkansas for Medical Science's new representative on the Little Rock Technology Park Authority board.
Board chair Mary Good's letter to Zaffaroni notes that the board will not meet July 10, its regularly scheduled meeting day, because members are taking a trip. She's referring to a trip board members are making with Mayor Mark Stodola and consultant Charles Dilks to technology parks in Winston/Salem and St. Louis.
Zaffaroni replaces Dr. Michael Douglas, the head of UAMS Bioventures who retired in January.
Many Arkansas schools don't have sufficiently high-speed Internet. A task force of lawmakers, education officials and business leaders recently recommended that K-12 schools use the existing fiber optic network connecting Arkansas's public universities, the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network (ARE-ON). /more/
Brent Birch, the newly hired director of the Tech Park, will start work July 7. He'll work out of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce until the ARK Challenge wraps up at the end of the year when he'll move into the temporary space the tech park is subleasing on the first floor of the Block 2 Lofts building on Markham. /more/
In our daily video roundup, Max also talks about the Arkansas attorney general approving a ballot title for a proposed constitutional amendment that would decriminalize marijuana, the Little Rock Technology Park Authority offering Brent Birch the Tech Park Director position, developers considering the old Brandon House Furniture store site for a hotel and UAMS looking for a new dean. /more/
The realtor looking at possible sites downtown on Main Street where the Little Rock Technology Park might build or lease says two of the four clusters in the "technology corridor" have insufficient properties available to accommodate the park. /more/
UCA's Baum Gallery director Barclay McConnell is seeking volunteers to gather up materials for stick-weaving artist Patrick Dougherty, who's coming to Conway in September to build a sculpture on the UCA campus.
The staff of the Little Rock Planning Commission called proposals to build a 24-hour gas station and four-story residential hotel at 12th Street and University Avenue "inappropriate," citing the University Park neighborhood immediately adjacent and the nearby Broadmoor neighborhood, among other reasons. The Planning Commission decided the staff didn't know what it was talking about and voted 9-1 to approve the projects.
An automated poll Tuesday of 850 Arkansas voters found support for medical marijuana, but not for allowing people to grow their own. No measure is on the ballot this fall, but advocates are working already toward 2016.
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."
Scott Ellington, the prosecuting attorney for Arkansas's Second Judicial District, said in a recent interview that, "There are no ongoing investigations by governmental investigative authorities" concerning the West Memphis Three case. Ellington may be the only person on the planet who believes there is "closure" in my case.