Arkansas Technology

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A company that will manage operations of Entergy Arkansas’s power grid, broke ground on a new facility in Little Rock Friday. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator or MISO, is establishing a regional headquarters that it says will employ 50 people at average salaries of 85,000 dollars a year.

Local elected officials and company representatives gathered in the middle of a dusty construction site in West Little Rock to move dirt with golden shovels and give a ceremonial blessing to the arrival MISO’s new facility in Arkansas

A Hub Where Students And STEM Experts Can Meet

Feb 25, 2014
Kezia Nanda/KUAR News

Organizers are hopeful that students, teachers and professionals in science, technology, engineering and math can soon use the resources that the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub offers.

Tuesday marked the start of the renovations, with a ceremony attended by Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith, local officials and students.

During the event, a wall was broken by a robot, formally beginning work to the center.

A new facility in North Little Rock whose goal is to provide technological and educational resources for entrepreneurs in Central Arkansas has been awarded a grant by the Delta Regional Authority.

The grant of 251,105 dollars will go towards developing facilities and help the Arkansas Regional Innovation hub become fully operational by next year, says Warwick Sabin, the executive director. He says the hub will include spaces for people to work on their business ideas as well as classrooms where people can learn things like computer programming

The Little Rock Tech Park Authority Board is meeting this Wednesday to further discuss where the tech park will go now that the board has settled on a downtown location.

KUAR’s Nathan Vandiver spoke with reporter Luke Jones whose article in this week's Arkansas Business takes a look at where the site search is, and is going.

Kezia Nanda

    

A brand new tool for research and economic development was unveiled on Monday at UALR.

The Emerging Analytics Center includes 35 screens with more than 50 million pixels offering high definition graphics for 3D applications.  Connected with a 3D floor projector, it allows the ability to “touch” the data and robotic “telepresence” equipment.

Governor Mike Beebe said, "It's kind of over my head from the standpoint of the technology of it. What's exciting is it's the only one in the world, apparently."

Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board is putting off selection of a site for the city’s tech park in order to discuss the specific types of research businesses that might be attracted to it.

The main topic of discussion for the Little Rock Tech Park Board has focused on site selection, but at its meeting Wednesday, members began delving into the basic purpose for the park and whether they need to consider two sites rather than one.

A new online technology is helping Arkansans fund community projects and local business efforts.

The technology is called crowdsourcing, and it’s a method in which funds for local projects are raised through a large online network of people who want the projects to be successful. Small contributions by many people end up translating into lots of money.

Low-income students in the Little Rock School District, who take part in the free and reduced–price lunch program, now have a chance to get district computers at a reduced rate.

Parents of those students can buy the refurbished computers for just $40, under a new program supported by the Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods, a civic group. 

Kathy Wells works with the coalition and says parents have to act quickly to take advantage of the deal.

Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

  The Little Rock Tech Park Authority Board is still looking at three potential tech park sites as relatively equal rivals following their meeting Wednesday afternoon.

The Tech Park Authority Board’s meeting yielded no clear favorites from three sites in its afternoon meeting.  Board Chair Mary Good attributed part of the indecision to an engineer’s report that didn’t find any site particularly stronger than the others.

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