LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas Business) -- The Dow is continuing to break new highs now for a seventh day in a row.

There were no major economic reports to drive trading on Monday, which began a little mixed but later gained steam.

Later in the week, though, the government will release figures for the federal budget in February. There will also be reports on consumer prices, retail sales and industrial production.

Windstream Corp. appoints new chairman

Here in Arkansas, Windstream Corp. of Little Rock appointing Jeffrey T. Hinson as chairman of the telecommunications firm's board of directors.

That appointment is effective May 1.

The publicly traded company said Hinson, a member of the board since Windstream's founding in 2006, succeeds Dennis Foster, who has been chairman since 2010.

The company said Foster will remain on the board. The move is in keeping with Windstream's policy of three-year terms for certain board positions.

U of A announces dean of engineering college

Also yesterday, the University of Arkansas announcing John English, now the dean of the College of Engineering at Kansas State University, as the new permanent dean of UA's engineering college.

English's term begins July first.

Terry Martin has been interim dean of the UA engineering college since July after the previous dean left the post to be a senior leader of a new research university in India.

Downtown building projects on track to completion

And finally, downtown Little Rock officials tell Arkansas Business this week that three multimillion-dollar projects are on track to be finished this year.

They are:

The new Residence Inn by Marriott, which is next to the Interstate 30 ramp at 219 River Market Ave. It should be complete by late April.

The $22 million Mann on Main Redevelopment at Fourth and Main streets. Many of the project's office tenants, mainly government agencies, should start moving in by mid-June.

And the $17 million Arcade Building, a new multi-use office and retail space at 100 River Market Ave. It should be done by November.

Sharon Priest, executive director of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, said these projects were good signs for downtown development.

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