The Northwest Arkansas Council last week hosted its annual State of the Northwest Arkansas Region event in partnership with the University of Arkansas Walton College of Business. The report, first published in 2011, compares Northwest Arkansas to high-performing peer regions across the country. Business and community leaders also learned about the opportunities and challenges that come with the explosive growth in Northwest Arkansas.
Nelson Peacock, president & CEO of the Northwest Arkansas Council, explained the purpose behind the report. “We’re holding ourselves to the highest standards,” he stated. The report is a benchmark comparison of the top economic development communities throughout the country, including Austin, Des Moines, Madison, Durham-Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Provo-Orem, and Northwest Arkansas.