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NWA Council Celebrates 25 Years

by Marty Cook 7/20/2015 3:51 pm

The Northwest Arkansas Council celebrated its 25th anniversary at its annual meeting at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on Monday.

LPGA Tourney Showcases Northwest Arkansas

by Marty Cook 7/6/2015 12:00 am

The ninth edition — now officially the Wal-Mart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G — was won by Na Yeon Choi on June 28 in front of large crowds, most of whom were rooting for former University of Arkansas star Stacy Lewis, who finished in a tie for third.

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.

XNA's Scott Van Laningham on When Air Travel Will Be Enjoyable Again

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/23/2015 12:00 am

Scott Van Laningham has been CEO of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport since 1998, when it opened.

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's 3-Year Plan to Focus on Workforce, Schools

by Marty Cook 1/27/2015 2:16 pm

The Northwest Arkansas Council announced a three-year development plan for the region at its winter meeting Tuesday in Rogers.

Mike Malone on the NWA Growth, Expansion

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/22/2014 12:00 am

Mike Malone, director of the nonprofit Northwest Arkansas Council, talks NWA growth, the creation of new business opportunities, and how the area's cities work together for the benefit of the entire region.

Report: Northwest Arkansas Job Growth Ahead of Peers

by Marty Cook 10/3/2014 8:02 am

Northwest Arkansas job growth easily beat its peer regions, the state and the nation this past year, according to a report released Thursday by the University of Arkansas.

Rosalind Brewer Becomes Northwest Arkansas Council Co-Chair

by Lee Hogan 8/13/2014 3:32 pm

Rosalind Brewer, president and CEO of Sam's Club, has take over as co-chair of the Northwest Arkansas Council for 2014-15. She takes over for one of the council's founding members, Mark Simmons, who is also chairman of Simmons Foods in Siloam Springs. Simmons served as co-chair since June 2013.

Wal-Mart Gives $450,000 Grant to NWA Council

by Marty Cook 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville announced a $450,000 grant to the Northwest Arkansas Council on Tuesday at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers.

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.

UA Report: Northwest Arkansas Economy Outgrows Peer Regions

by Mark Carter 9/25/2013 10:37 am

The northwest Arkansas economy outgrew similar regions in 2011 and 2012, according to a report released Wednesday by the University of Arkansas.

Engineer Alan Fortenberry on Arkansas' Water Needs Compared to the Rest of U.S.

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/12/2013 12:00 am

Fortenberry joined Beaver Water District in 1991 as plant engineer and in 2001 he was named CEO. During his tenure, he has led the expansion of the district’s facilities to 140 million gallons per day, the completion of an award-winning new water intake on Beaver Lake, construction of a new solids-handling facility, renovation of the Joe M. Steele Water Treatment Plant and construction of the administration building, which earned LEED Gold.

Arkansas Ranked Twice in Forbes' Business List

by Luke Jones 8/9/2013 11:45 am

Forbes Magazine this week ranked two Arkansas regions on its list of "Best Places for Business and Careers."

Mark Simmons Named Northwest Arkansas Council Co-Chair

by Chris Bahn 6/26/2013 3:01 pm

Mark Simmons, chairman of Simmons Foods Inc. in Siloam Springs, has been named as the next presiding co-chair of the Northwest Arkansas Council, where he says he'll focus on a five-year plan aimed at helping the region grow.