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Social media giant Facebook is bringing new technology into Arkansas high schools in order to get students to learn how to code in virtual reality.

Little Rock Central High Students and faculty gathered in the school’s auditorium Thursday to hear from a handful of speakers who talked about the “Arkansas and Facebook Techstart Partnership. In this program, Facebook is delivering 500 virtual reality kits to computer coding classrooms at most of the state’s high schools.

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Nearly a decade after the Little Rock Technology Authority was created from enabling legislation in the 2007 legislative session, the downtown tech village on Tuesday announced its first tenant only three months away from its scheduled grand opening in early 2017.

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The following is a transcript of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's radio column for the weekend of Sept. 9, 2016:

  In October 1879, Thomas Edison successfully tested a light bulb that burned for a ground-breaking thirteen and a half hours, a moment that changed the world. But the impact of his short-lived accomplishment lasted more than thirteen and a half hours. It required hard work and perseverance, two things that Edison knew well. This is why he is known for saying, “good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.”

Mainstream Technologies will open a second location in downtown Conway, the 20-year old IT services firm announced on Thursday.

The Conway facility will begin operations in September with 15 new employees. Little Rock-based Mainstream provides managed services, custom software, and hosting to clients throughout the mid-South.

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A software engineering company with an office in North Little Rock is expanding from four to 45 employees over the next five years, its leadership and Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday. Boston-based Elyxor supports clients around the world in finance, health care, eCommerce, industrial products and supply chains.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) speaking at the FinTech Accelerator Gloval Investor Demo Day at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock.
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The state of Arkansas is investing $1 million in discretionary funds over the next two years in a 50-50 partnership with the financial tech company FIS, to continue a program meant to bolster start-ups in the industry.

Governor Asa Hutchinson said he’ll also ask the legislature for $2 million to expand the accelerator concept to industries beyond the financial sector. He made the announcement Wednseday at FinTech’s Accelerator Global Investor Demo Day at the Clinton Presidential Library.

The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees has approved an online master's degree program to be offered by UA's Clinton School of Public Service.

Trustees voted Thursday to approve the online Executive Master of Public Service degree program for the Clinton School.

The 36 credit-hour degree must be approved by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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The following is a transcript of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's radio column for the weekend of Feb. 19, 2016:

Last week, I enjoyed visiting with several students who competed in the Congressional App Challenge. The competition was designed to encourage high school students to use computer coding to create their own apps. The students I met were bright, energetic, capable and full of ideas. After meeting with them, I am even more excited about the future of our state and the future of our kids. 

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A day after the Little Rock Technology Park Authority closed on a multimillion dollar financial arrangement and a real estate deal to jump start the first phase of the downtown tech village, longtime board Chair Mary Good announced she is resigning next month.

Good, an appointee of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, told other Tech Park board members at Wednesday’s monthly meeting that the completion of the long-awaited deals to move forward with the initial phase of the downtown development was a perfect time to step down from her controversial post.

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The Little Rock Technology Authority board on Wednesday passed a resolution to formally authorize a $17.1 million loan to fund phase one of the downtown tech village with a local bank consortium that will lower the financing deal by $400,000.

With the last piece of the financing arrangement in hand, the authority now says it expects to finally close by Friday on the downtown tech park village that has been nearly eight years in the making.