Author - Paul McDonnold

AMPed Up Energy

An Electric Fight over Power

Discussing the future of the Clean Power Plan in the wake of declining use of coal In its first draft of the Clean Power Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency saddled Arkansas with one of the highest goals in the nation for reducing emissions of carbon dioxide from 2005 levels. But in its...

AMPed Up

Beyond the Glitz

Despite Arkansas’ tax incentives and abundant natural resources, many big-budget Hollywood films are being made elsewhere. Now, the state is looking to a new grass-roots approach in attracting filmmakers. Photographs courtesy of Arkansas Economic Development Commission and Arkansas Secretary of...


Arkansas Film School Building a Reputation

en years ago, the University of Central Arkansas expanded its undergraduate major in “digital filmmaking” to include a Master of Fine Arts degree, making it the only graduate-level film school in the state. In 2017, there are plans to drop the word “digital” from the name. It’s a natural...

AMPed Up Construction/Real Estate

Construction: Power Play

April/May 2016 Issue North Little Rock-based Seal Energy Solutions promotes energy efficiency by leveraging that ‘big fusion reactor in the sky.’   Illustration by Chad Maupin Top Image: This illustration demonstrates the energy-efficiency problems that many structures have. This is for...

AMPed Up Policy & Politics

The No-Spin Zone

February/March 2016 Issue The Bureau of Legislative Research takes a nonpartisan approach to helping legislators craft bills, while sometimes working with lawmakers’ lack of institutional knowledge. Illustration by Chad Maupin n the northwestern shadow of the state Capitol’s dome stands a...