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Upskill NWA to Retrain Workers for Health Care Careers

The Walton Family Foundation and the Excellerate Foundation commit $3 million to start a nonprofit to retrain workers for jobs in high-demand industries, starting with health care. read more >
Mervin Jebaraj, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas' Walton College of Business, speaks during an economic forecast conference on Thursday. 

Jebaraj: Pandemic Crimps Consumer-Driven Economy

The ninth annual "State of the Northwest Arkansas Region" economic forecast conference certainly had less flair and good news than in previous years. read more >
Since Enviro Tech Chemical Services opened its Phillips County plant in 2015, employment has grown to 120.
Health Care / Manufacturing

Pandemic-Infused Demand Puts Enviro Tech In 24-7 ModeLock Icon

Making hand sanitizer is nothing new for Enviro Tech Chemical Services Inc. of Modesto, California. But three months ago, the product was swept up in an unexpected surge in popularity thanks to COVID-19. read more >
Carla Boyd, Northwest Arkansas Community College’s nursing program director, shows off the college’s new nursing simulation lab. NWACC is doubling its nursing enrollment.
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‘We Need Your Nurses’ Is Plea as Northwest Arkansas Builds Talent PipelineLock Icon

Northwest Arkansas continues to grow in population while its unemployment rate remains low, leading to a labor crunch among the area’s businesses. read more >
Students walk through the lobby of the student center at Northwest Arkansas Community College.
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NWACC Builds Toward National Dreams

Northwest Arkansas Community College, now the largest two-year institution in the state after reporting enrollment of 7,761 in 2016, hopes to break ground on an auxiliary campus in Springdale and recently opened Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food at a renovated Tyson Foods plant on Eighth Street in Bentonville. read more >
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Northwest Arkansas Council Names Nelson Peacock CEO

The Northwest Arkansas Council named Nelson Peacock, a McCrory native and the senior vice president of government relations for the University of California system, as its CEO. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson proposed the ArFuture grant program to pay tuition and fees for students studying at technical and community colleges in certain high-demand fields.
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ArFuture Grants To Help Fill High-Demand Jobs

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said his Arkansas Future Grant program is as much about giving students confidence to go to college as it is about giving them monetary support to do so. read more >
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art at night. The museum is renowned for its grounds and architecture as well as its collection.
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At 5, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Transforms Bentonville

There are any number of ways to try to gauge the impact — economic and otherwise — Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has had on Bentonville, on Arkansas and beyond since its opening Nov. 11, 2011. read more >
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Employers Seek Hires With Soft Abilities Like Attitude, Teamwork

“Skills gap” discussions often pivot on abilities or qualifications that employers find in short supply, but broader communication and human interaction traits are more likely to determine success or failure on the job, human resources experts say. read more >
Blake Johnston is an IT teacher at the University of Arkansas Global Campus, in Rogers, which offers an IT Readiness training program.
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Companies Relying on Training Programs To Supply Candidates

Tech, health care and manufacturing executives say they have all run into the same sort of problem: finding employable candidates for the open jobs they have. 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 >
Mike Harvey, COO of the Northwest Arkansas Council: “It’s hard to field fly balls without a glove. Companies don’t shop by city; they shop by region.” (Photo by Beth Hall)
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Northwest Arkansas Firms Want to Hire 3K But Need Skilled Workers

Northwest Arkansas companies plan to create more than 3,100 jobs and invest more than $336 million in expansion during the next three years, according to a regional employer survey. read more >
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Report Shows Northwest Arkansas Competing Well With Bigger Cities

The fifth annual State of Northwest Arkansas Region Report shows the region competitive in key metrics with other areas, including Austin, Texas, and Madison, Wisconsin. read more >
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Northwest Arkansas Transforming Into a Tech Hub

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. read more >
Bentley Wallace, Vice President of Economic Development at Pulaski Tech. 
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Employers Turning to Two-Year Community Colleges for Workforce Training Needs

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. read more >
Mike Harvey, COO of the Northwest Arkansas Council: “It’s hard to field fly balls without a glove. Companies don’t shop by city; they shop by region.” (Photo by Beth Hall)
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Revised Data: Northwest Arkansas Job Growth Better Than First Reported

New revised data from March show that northwest Arkansas added 7,000 more jobs — 10,000 compared to 3,000 — than previously reported. read more >
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Enviro Tech Dedicates Helena-West Helena Plant

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. read more >
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NWA Job Market Calling for Soft Skills

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. read more >
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Northwest Arkansas Council Surveys Market for Local Foods

Mike Harvey wants to help hook up speciality farmers with niche restaurants. read more >
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Wal-Mart Delivers Retail Boost to NWA Cities

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. read more >