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Arkansas company to open headquarters in downtown North Little Rock; $4M OK'd for nearby plaza

By Noel Oman

This article was published November 14, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Charles Morgan, chief executive officer of First Orion, describes the design of the company’s new headquarters at a news conference Monday in North Little Rock.

People take photos of a poster showing the design of First Orion’s headquarters after a news conference Monday in North Little Rock.

First Orion, an Arkansas company that develops and sells software to help cellphone users identify and block unwanted calls, announced Monday that its new global headquarters will be in Argenta, the downtown neighborhood in North Little Rock.

People take photos of a poster showing the design of First Orion’s headquarters after a news conference Monday in North Little Rock.

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Print Headline: First Orion to open NLR headquarters; Building, 300 workers set in Argenta

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RBear says... November 14, 2017 at 6:09 a.m.

This is a great move by First Orion and Charles Morgan to bring tech to the other side of the river. The Argenta neighborhood is perfect for this type development, offering a truly walkable space. Young people want areas where they can live, work, and play in close proximity. Argenta can offer that and more. Improve the trolley service and the connectivity between the River Market district and Argenta makes it an ideal combination.

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ArkieStrong says... November 14, 2017 at 6:48 a.m.

Tremendous news. The telecommunications industry in Arkansas (kicked off by AllTel in the '90s?) is taking root and thriving. Central Arkansas should go long on this position. The future is tech.

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adibabdullah80gmailcom says... November 14, 2017 at 7:13 a.m.

Great News!!!

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Whippersnapper says... November 14, 2017 at 8:28 a.m.

Hmm... Let's see... The truth is that lots of Acxiom's growth was fudged in the 1990s, and they were fortunate enough that they shifted their accounting practices and took a massive loss just before Enron and MCI collapsed due to similar accounting fiascoes. When Charles was let go by Acxiom, his successor rolled back sweetheart deals (such as leasing facilities from a company that Charles and his buddies owned) that were putting something like $100 million per quarter (out of the $1.4 Billion in annual revenue) into the pockets of Charles and his lieutenants. Hundreds of Acxiom employees ended up getting the Acx because of poor decisions made on his watch (the Acxiom/EMC grid deal cost a good portion of engineering their jobs and was likely part of the final straw for Mr. Morgan at Acxiom)
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Around 15 years ago, Little Rock entered into an agreement with Mr. Morgan in an attempt to help revitalize downtown Little Rock. They ended up having to agree to forgo property taxes on two properties for something like fifty years (the big building in downtown Little Rock and a property to be named later that ended up being a Data Center in West Little Rock) to entice Acxiom to move in, and now the big fancy building is all but abandoned.
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I wonder if Charles tried to convince Little Rock to pull a similar deal and they said "no thanks," which prompted him to approach the new mark - I mean partner - on the North side of the river.

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