Gov. Mike Beebe and other dignitaries on Friday officially opened The Chancellor Hotel, and formally completing the more than $15 million renovation of the hotel on the Fayetteville Square.
Among those who helped the Governor cut the ceremonial ribbon were Sam Alley, CEO of VCC Construction, Ike Thrash of Dawn Properties, Panamanian President Richardo Martinelli, Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan and University of Arkansas Chancellor G. David Gearhart. (Link here for The City Wire story on the Thursday night preview party at The Chancellor.)
“This becomes a showplace to a lot of visitors. It is a quality hotel that puts Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas’ best foot forward,” said Beebe, “It employs up to 200 full-time employees not counting construction.”
The Governor is seeing a lot of construction in Fayetteville not only around the UA campus but just off-campus at the newly-renovated Fayetteville High School. The Governor was on-site for that unveiling as well later Friday.
“What’s going on at Fayetteville High School is pretty special,” he said, “Anytime you see construction it means jobs and it uplifts.”
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