Category: ARKANSAS

Arkansas held first DREAM Act State Summit

LITTLE ROCK, AR – On Monday, January 16, 2012, concerned Arkansans gathered at the state’s capitol to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a statewide summit on the DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act.

Discussion themes addressed at the Summit an analysis of the DREAM movement in Arkansas, prospects for the introduction of state DREAM Act in 2013, and opportunities for regional and state awareness-building.

A full agenda entailed strategic planning sessions, regional action plan development for 2012 and 2013, visibility events in Little Rock…

LANTERNS! Festival ignites magic in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, AR – LANTERNS!, Arkansas’ only deep-winter outdoor festival, is returning to Little Rock for a fourth year of family fun and illuminating entertainment. From the China to the Moon, LANTERNS!, is a magical evening designed to delight children and adults alike.

This year the festival will be held Thursday through Saturday, February 2 – 4, 2012, from 6 pm to 10 pm, at Wildwood Park for the Arts, 20919 Denny Road, in west Little Rock. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 – 12 and free for children ages 5 & younger. New this year is a free shuttle from the…

Arkansas Martin Luther King Commission celebrates National Day of Service

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The observance of the congressionally legislated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, is a United States holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King’s birthday, January 15, 1929.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.

“It calls for Americans from all…

Governor Beebe: A better year for Arkansas in 2012

LITTLE ROCK – In Arkansas, 2011 was a year of record flooding and searing heat, a busy and deadly tornado season and a slow recovery from national economic woes. However, our agricultural industry has rebounded after those floods, we continue to rebuild and recover from the storms, and Arkansas remains one of only four states to make it through the past two fiscal years without a general-revenue shortfall.

We can’t predict everything 2012 will bring with it, but we know some of the events that are on the horizon. First and foremost, the Arkansas General Assembly will convene in February…

ACCIÓN Arkansas ready to help small business owners

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR – ACCIÓN Arkansas, an extension of micro lending leader ACCIÓN Texas celebrated the launch of its lending operations in Arkansas Wednesday, November 30.

The grand-opening ceremony featured federal, state and local officials, including North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Hays, Christopher Masingill, Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman, Bob Nash, former Head of Personnel for the White House in the Clinton Administration, Linda Nelson, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration, Bill Sabin, ACCIÓN Chief Lending Officer and ACCIÓN President & CEO…

Arkansas wins National Grant to fund college completion efforts

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Governor Mike Beebe announced today that Arkansas has been awarded $1 million that will fund efforts to increase college completion. The grant, financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is part of Complete College America’s Completion Innovation Challenge.

“Complete College America’s grant is well-timed to assist in our redoubled efforts to increase the number of college graduates in Arkansas,” Beebe said. “It recognizes that continued hard work will improve our workforce readiness and increase economic-development opportunities for our state.”


Jennings Osborne, Arkansas philanthropist dies at 67

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Jennings Osborne, the philanthropist whose Christmas lights and fireworks amazed millions died Wednesday after complications following heart surgery. He was 67.
Osborne often called himself “the luckiest guy in the world” for all that he was able to do with his wealth, which he made in the medical testing business.

In a statement sent out Wednesday, Governor Mike Beebe expressed his sympathies with the passing of Osborne. “With the passing of Jennings Osborne, Arkansas has lost one of our highest-profile philanthropists,” he said. “He brought comfort and entertainment…

Attorney General re-launches Spanish Website

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that his office has re-launched its Spanish-language website to provide comprehensive, translated content that mirrors the Attorney General’s main Internet site.

Located at, the revamped Spanish-language site offers consumer information from the Attorney General’s Public Protection Department, translated weekly Consumer Alerts and important tips on topics including identity theft and cyber safety.

“With the growing number of Arkansans who speak Spanish as a first language, it was…

Arkansas disaster assistance nears $18 million

LITTLE ROCK, AR – In just one month, nearly $18 million in state and federal disaster funds have been awarded to eligible individuals and families to assist with their recovery.

Arkansans have already begun to rebuild and repair following a presidential disaster declaration on May 2, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials said Thursday. In fact, the first disaster assistance grants reached some of the state’s survivors weeks ago.

“We’re happy that close to $18 million is already on its way to Arkansas disaster survivors,”…