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Report: Commercial Real Estate Absorption Quickens in NWA

The effects of changing consumer shopping habits are starting to show up in northwest Arkansas commercial real estate trends, according to the latest Arvest Bank Skyline Report on real estate. read more >
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Experts Predict Breakout Companies in Arkansas Will Be Digital

Ask experts around the state to name the next Arkansas company to break out financially, and you’re liable to get a nonanswer, but the experts do predict one thing: The next Big Thing in Arkansas will come in the digital field. read more >
Mervin Jebaraj, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas
Business Services / Education

UA Names Interim Director of Economic Research Center

The University of Arkansas on Monday named Mervin Jebaraj interim director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at its Sam M. Walton College of Business, effective April 17. read more >
Kathy Deck, director of the University of Arkansas Walton College of Business Center for Business & Economic Research.
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Kathy Deck To Leave Arkansas for Alabama-Tuscaloosa

Economist Kathy Deck is leaving the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville to become the director of community and economic research partnerships at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. read more >
Construction / Real Estate

Skyline Report Shows Balanced NWA Real Estate Market

In northwest Arkansas, supply kept pace with demand as residential building permits and new homes being occupied increased almost equally, according to Arvest Bank's Skyline Report. read more >
Kathy Deck
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Kathy Deck: Slower Growth on Tap for Northwest Arkansas

Kathy Deck said northwest Arkansas and health care services will be strong points for an otherwise less robust Arkansas job market in 2017. Deck, the director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, made her remarks at the 23rd annual Business Forecast Luncheon in Rogers. read more >
Michael Skelly, founder and president of Clean Line Energy Partners of Houston
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Renewable Trend in Energy May Be Beyond Trump’s Grasp

Donald J. Trump won the presidency after a campaign largely negative to renewable sources like solar and wind power, but forces in favor of cleaner power could prove even bigger than The Donald. read more >
Arkansas Nuclear One near Russellville is a major power source  for Entergy Arkansas, which derives nearly 70 percent of its generation from nuclear sources. Entergy, like other Arkansas utilities, uses far less coal than it once did, and a Trump administration is not likely to reverse the trend. Coal-fired generation makes up just 4 percent of Entergy’s total. Cheap natural gas provides 24 percent.
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Energy Sector In Arkansas Expects Shift Under Trump, Not Upheaval

An oil- and coal-friendly Trump administration is taking power in Washington, promising a real shake-up. Still, Arkansas energy observers caution against expecting a huge shift. read more >
Education / Small Business

UA Business Forecast Lunch Set for Jan. 27

The University of Arkansas' Center for Business & Economic Research will host its 2017 Business Forecast Luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers. read more >
Tim Brisiel of Fayetteville, an eager investor in older complexes, bought the Colonial Arms (top) and Oakwood Place apartments recently for $5 million.
Construction / Investments / Real Estate

Low Vacancy in Fayetteville Makes Even Older Properties Stay in High Demand

The more beds that go into Fayetteville, the more beds Fayetteville seems to need, and that means even older multifamily properties are still in demand. read more >
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Survey: Arkansas Consumers Planning Large Purchases

Arkansas consumers made large household purchases in the past six months and expect to make more, according to the third installment of the fall 2016 Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey. read more >
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Survey: 42 Percent of Arkansans Expect Personal Financial Situation to Improve Soon

Arkansans' expectations of their personal financial situations in the future have improved since March, even if they say their personal finances have not changed much from a year ago, a new survey finds. read more >
Wal-Mart began paying its workers at least $9 an hour last year.
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No Surprise: Higher Pay Helps Attract, Retain Employees

All industries, from health care to manufacturing, have faced a shortage of workers. Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business & Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas, says increasing pay would be the first action she would suggest when companies can’t find the right workers to fill positions. read more >
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Report: Building Permits, Homes Sold Increase in Northwest Arkansas

In northwest Arkansas, building permits have increased, the supply of remaining lots continued to fall and the number of complete but unoccupied houses remains low, according to a new residential real estate market report. read more >
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Report: Arkansas Consumer Sentiment at Highest in 2 Years

As the nation's economy expanded this summer, Arkansans reported feeling more confident than at any time in the past two years, an Arvest report says. read more >
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Skyline Report: New Construction, Occupancy Strong in Northwest Arkansas

The vacancy rate on commercial property in northwest Arkansas is 12.7 percent, up from 12.4 percent in the second half of 2015, according to the Arvest Bank's Skyline Reports for the first six months of 2016. read more >
Mike Harvey, chief operating officer of the Northwest Arkansas Council, says one drawback for businesses is finding available buildings.
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Newcomers to Northwest Arkansas Refilling Labor Pool

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services released a report in July that showed Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in June 2016. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported unadjusted unemployment rates of 3.1 percent for northwest Arkansas and 4.2 percent for Arkansas. read more >
Kathy Deck
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Survey: Arkansas Consumers Planning for Bigger Purchases, Saving More

Arkansas consumers expect to make large purchases now because they're seeing low unemployment rates, lower interest rates and the possibility of inflation, according to a new survey. read more >
Larry Bengal, director of the state Oil & Gas Commission, says gas is still plentiful in the Fayetteville Shale, but prices don’t support getting it.
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After Boom in Shale, Arkansas Gas Industry Faces Halt in Drilling

After a decade-long, multibillion-dollar bonanza of natural gas production in an Arkansas field called the Fayetteville Shale, the bust has landed with a thud. read more >
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With Unemployment Low, Arkansas Economists Weigh Effects

While two Arkansas economists don't expect state unemployment to fall much further, the effect of historically low jobless levels could put workers at an advantage when seeking a new job or higher wages. read more >