Fueled by an amazing entrepreneurial spirit, Northwest Arkansas emerged from modest beginnings to become one of the nation's dynamic economic regions. Industry leaders such as Walmart, Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt started here, and their presence continues to drive growth here. The University of Arkansas, John Brown University and NorthWest Arkansas Community College provide resources to small- and mid-sized companies to stimulate growth.
Yet, Northwest Arkansas is evolving, using positive experiences and lessons learned over the past 25 years to take on new challenges. It's a region investing in its future.
In every way possible, Northwest Arkanssas is working hard to identify and support the region's next great companies through entrepreneurial programs, and it's investing heavily into quality-of-life amenities such as Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Walmart AMP outdoor music venue, the Scott Family Amazeum and the nation's newest paved bike trail: the Razorback Regional Greenway.
The Northwest Arkansas Council and its regional partners are pursuing new goals after the successful completion of almost every task described in a previous strategic plan. The three-year plan, unveiled in 2015, prioritizes strengthening the region’s workforce and regional employers’ connections to schools. The Council and its partners want to upgrade the region’s utility and transportation infrastructure, and it's still working hard to help employers in the region expand what they do in Northwest Arkansas.
The statistical improvements over the past few years speak for themselves. The region since the 2010 Census has added 26.26 people per day to its Metropolitan Statistical Area population. it's increasing its number of available jobs at an impressive rate, and it's becoming more and more diverse. Many people know the region has a large Hispanic population and there's growth in the region's Asian and African-American populations, but they many not know it's also home to one of the world's largest Marshallese populations.
There's so much to discover in Northwest Arkansas, and this website is an excellent gateway to the region.
Check out these terrific online resources to learn more about Northwest Arkansas.
Explore NWA: The Northwest Arkansas Tourism Association publishes a visitors guide, highlighting such things as Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arvest Ballpark, Bentonville, Fayetteville, Eureka Springs, Rogers and other places that are tourist destinations.
Digital Ambassadors: Join the more than 590 volunteers who share positive news on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn in the Northwest Arkansas Digital Ambassadors program. Ambassadors help our region by sharing messages about Northwest Arkansas on social media. We're always looking for more great ambassadors for our region. The power of social media is incredible, and the ambassadors demonstrate it when they share a message about Northwest Arkansas.
Northwest Arkansas Education Report Card: The Northwest Arkansas Council works with the University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy on an annual report about education from kindergarten through college. We're proud of our schools, and there are great educational opportunities to be discovered.
Northwest Arkansas Trails: Whether you bike, run, hike or walk, our growing trails system takes you off the beaten path even though you don't have to leave the urban areas. The Razorback Regional Greenway, a 37-mile paved path from Bella Vista to Fayetteville, is complete and it's the system’s spine. More than 200 miles of mountain bike trails are good options, too.
Northwest Arkansas Economic Indicators: Our search tool helps people interested in knowing more about the region, and our dashboard provides statistics focused on such things as population, job creation and personal income.
Customized Reports: Our Report Builder allows users to collect customized information about Northwest Arkansas. There’s information available about such things as education, infrastructure, business incentives and our workforce. There’s demographic information about our largest cities, including Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers, Siloam Springs and Springdale.
State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report: The Northwest Arkansas Council works with the University of Arkansas Center for Business and Economic Research to produce an annual report on the region, comparing Northwest Arkansas to other regions in the U.S.
Diversity Guide: The Northwest Arkansas Diversity Resource Guide provides information about cultural aspects of the region. The number of businesses, services and churches to serve our increasingly diverse area is on the rise.