Tagged: mike harvey

Northwest Arkansas Transforming Into a Tech Hub

by Marty Cook 6/29/2015 12:00 am

Northwest Arkansas isn’t California’s Silicon Valley and has a long way to go before it can be considered remotely comparable, but technology industry leaders say the area is proving to be on the short list of best places in the field.

Employers Turning to Two-Year Community Colleges for Workforce Training Needs

by Marty Cook 5/11/2015 12:00 am

Workforce development has become a popular issue as industry leaders have said they have a hard time finding enough quality workers to fill their needs. It’s a renewed focus of groups like the Northwest Arkansas Council, which recently announced a three-year plan to strengthen the area’s workforce development and the ties between employers and schools.

Revised Data: Northwest Arkansas Job Growth Better Than First Reported

by Marty Cook 4/10/2015 1:24 pm

New revised data from March show that northwest Arkansas added 7,000 more jobs — 10,000 compared to 3,000 — than previously reported.

Enviro Tech Dedicates Helena-West Helena Plant

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/31/2015 11:43 am

Enviro Tech Chemical Services on Tuesday dedicated its plant at the Helena Harbor in Helena-West Helena, saying it hopes to have 80 workers in place there by the end of the year.

NWA Job Market Calling for Soft Skills

by Marty Cook 2/9/2015 12:00 am

Mike Harvey, the COO of the Northwest Arkansas Council, says job growth in the area is impressive but work has to be done to help today’s students prepare for tomorrow’s jobs. It’s a sentiment echoed by other experts in the economic field.

Northwest Arkansas Council Surveys Market for Local Foods

by Marty Cook 5/7/2014 4:56 pm

Mike Harvey wants to help hook up speciality farmers with niche restaurants.

Wal-Mart Delivers Retail Boost to NWA Cities

by Marty Cook 4/28/2014 12:00 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it has eight projects in some stage of development in northwest Arkansas, and that’s not including a planned neighborhood market in Bentonville and a convenience store prototype that recently opened in Bentonville.

NWA Aims Message At Site Selectors

by Marty Cook 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Northwest Arkansas is aggressively campaigning site selectors for companies outside the region to promote itself as a place for investing and not just a "blank slate." The project comes after a survey of site selectors showed half knew little about the region beyond Wal-Mart and Bentonville.

Survey: Northwest Arkansas Expects 2,000 New Jobs, $195M in Expansion

by Marty Cook 3/10/2014 3:03 pm

Northwest Arkansas companies plan to create more than 2,000 jobs and invest more than $195 million in expansion during the next three years, according to a regional employer survey.

Northwest Arkansas Employers Looking for Skilled Help, Right Workers

by Chris Bahn 4/15/2013 12:00 am

A recent business retention and expansion survey conducted by the Northwest Arkansas Council and local chambers of commerce reveal that 30 percent of the more than 450 employers surveyed — a sample that ranged from mom-and-pop operations to global retailers — plan expansions within the next three years.

Business Study Sees 1,000 New Jobs, $800M in Expansion in Northwest Arkansas

by Chris Bahn 3/7/2013 2:16 pm

Northwest Arkansas companies expect nearly 1,000 new jobs and $808 million in expansion over the next three years, according to results of a business retention and expansion survey.