The Conway Downtown Partnership held its annual meeting Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Hendrix College. Gov. Asa Hutchinson attended and commended Conway for playing a role in Arkansas’ growth as a "micro tech hub."

"What a great story Conway has to tell," he said.

Gov. Hutchinson referenced his visit to downtown Conway earlier this year for the announcement of three high-tech companies and mentioned Conway Corporation’s launch of gigabit Internet service in the downtown Data District. These announcements, he said, demonstrate Conway’s vision for growth and excellence.

During the annual meeting, Brad Lacy, president and CEO of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, announced a new dining and residential option for downtown Conway.

John Daly’s, an American steakhouse, will occupy the first floor of 912 Front Street, and The Lofts at 912 will occupy the second floor.

More information about the renovation is available on the Log Cabin Democrat’s website,

The program ended with a panel discussion featuring executives from technology companies in downtown Conway. The panel consisted of Mike Rasmussen, founder and CEO of Eyenalyze; Josh Smith, managing partner for Metova; and Pete Tanguay, president of Rock-Pond Solutions. Jamie Gates, executive vice president of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and Conway Development Corporation, moderated the discussion.

Bear State Bank was the presenting sponsor for the 2015 Conway Downtown Partnership Annual Meeting, and Hendrix College was the host sponsor.