Little Rock

Organizers of an annual holiday parade scheduled for Saturday say forecasted winter weather is prompting them to postpone the celebration until the following Saturday. Angela Rogers with the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau says the "Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade" is an event anticipated by many, so she and her team wanted to host it on a day when people will find it easy to attend

Restore Robinson

Early voting started Tuesday for a proposal to renovate Robinson Center Music Hall.  Supporters of the project gathered on the steps of the historic auditorium to speak in favor of the project. Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Music Director Phillip Mann and President and CEO of Celebrity Attractions Ed Payton took part in the event.

Payton said renovations would bring larger Broadway productions and make load-ins for equipment much easier and less dangerous.

Receipts Not Printing From New Little Rock Parking Meters

Oct 15, 2013
parking meters
Arkansas Times

The City of Little Rock isn't issuing tickets in the River Market area due to a software glitch that has kept payment receipts from printing.

The city says in a news release that the pay and display parking units in the River Market aren't printing payment receipts.

The manufacturer is sending a team to fix the problem. Parking Enforcement Administrator Jack Wrenn says that until then, the parking units have been turned off.

Therefore, he says Parking Enforcement is not issuing citations for people who fail to display a receipt.

Mark Stodola, Ron Ford and Mike Beebe
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

A technology company that analyzes consumers’ personal data to help create specifically targeted mobile advertisements will be opening a center in Little Rock.  nGage Labs plans to hire 35 skilled workers at an average salary of $100,000 for its new site in the Rivermarket.

Ron Ford, CEO of the Scottsdale, Arizona-based company, told reporters at the Capitol Friday about his enthusiasm for the new expansion, an ‘Analytics Innovation Center’.

parking meters
Arkansas Times

Parking enforcement officers will be on patrol in the River Market District of downtown Little Rock all this week to make sure drivers abide by new pay rules when they park.

From now on, parking on the street in the River Market costs $1.25 per hour. Jack Wrenn oversees parking enforcement efforts for the city. He says eight new machines will help regulate on-street parking issues.

Crews To Change Parking Signage In River Market

Oct 3, 2013
River Market District

Little Rock officials say there won't be any parking tickets written for the 2-hour or pay-and-display areas in the River Market District as crews change signage there.

However, the city says parking meter violations in other areas of Little Rock still will be enforced. 

The city is in the process of installing a pay-and-display parking system in the River Market.

Parking enforcement workers in the River Market District will show drivers how to use the new payment system during the rest of the week.

Robinson Auditorium Center Music Hall
City of Little Rock

The Little Rock Board of Directors is to decide Tuesday afternoon whether to allow a special election for voters to decide whether to use a two percent tax to fund a massive renovation of Robinson Center Music Hall.

But there are concerns that there hasn’t been enough discussion about the funding.

The extensive plan was unveiled last week, calling for $60 million worth of renovations to the building, which was built in 1939. The cost rises to $68 million when including the expense of relocating staff and paying for a special bond election.

Little Rock Technology Park
Arkansas Times

As efforts continue to determine the best place to build a Little Rock Technology Park, three new potential locations are being proposed.

Kiplinger Calls Little Rock A Top Place To Live

Jul 25, 2013
Clinton Presidential Library
Cameron Huddleston

Little Rock's city manager says he is happy that a magazine has named Arkansas' capital as the best small or mid-sized American city in which to live.

Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine cited Little Rock for having good jobs, reasonably priced homes, decent schools and access to great health care.

The citation will be in the magazine's September issue.

Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

After years of planning, a groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday for a new Little Rock Police substation on 12th Street.

City and community leaders joined Little Rock Police officials to formally begin work on the $11.9 million project.

The 12th Street Station will fill an entire city block between Pine and Cedar Streets and is a key part of efforts to revitalize the area.

Denise Johnson owns a beauty shop across the street from where it will be built.