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A panel at the Paris Air Show highlighted Alabama's flourishing aerospace industry and potential for economic development. (Steven Taylor, senior vice president for research and economic development at Auburn University)
The Fort Smith Center for Economic Development and the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Foundation announced a $200,000 investment as seed funds for local startups. (Kendall Ross, executive director of the Center for Economic Development)
Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce President, Dani Pugsley, requested $40,000 in funding from Baxter County to launch an economic development initiative by the North Central Arkansas Chamber Foundation.
The Arkansas Economic Development Commission is reorganizing its divisions to concentrate more on the state's entrepreneurs. As part of this, the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Division will be merged into its small business division. Esperanza Massana Crane, the previous director of the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Division, now heads the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development Division. (Clark Cogbill, AEDC's director of marketing and communications)