Fueled by an amazing entrepreneurial spirit, Northwest Arkansas emerged from modest beginnings to become one of the nation's most dynamic economic regions. A unique confluence of business and education power the area. 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 help stimulate growth.
With more than 500,000 residents, Northwest Arkansas is among the nation's fastest-growing metropolitan areas. It's increasing jobs at a faster rate than most metros in the U.S., too.
This website is an excellent gateway to Northwest Arkansas, but there are many ways to learn about the region. Check out these resources:
Explore NWA: The Northwest Arkansas Tourism Association published a visitors' guide about the region, highlighting Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arvest Ballpark, Bentonville, Fayetteville, Eureka Springs and other places that are excellent tourist destinations.
Digital Ambassadors: Join the more than 520 volunteers who share positive news on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn in the Northwest Arkansas Digital Ambassadors program. About once a week, ambassadors help share a message about Northwest Arkansas with all their social media friends. connections and followers. Our top ambassadors win prizes. Sign up to be an ambassador by clicking here. Learn details of the program by clicking here.
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 excellent opportunities to be discovered!
Graduate NWA: The Council is working with six colleges and universities to assist nontraditional students who want to pursue college degrees. The percentage of Northwest Arkansas residents with at least a bachelor’s degree is increasing, and we want to keep that momentum. Graduate NWA helps those interested in returning to school determine their best options as well as how to pay for it. There's a Come Back to College Fair on Oct. 7 in Springdale where lots of answers (and 20 tuition reimbursement scholarships worth $500 apiece) are available.
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. Most of the Razorback Regional Greenway, a 36-mile paved path from Bella Vista to Fayetteville, is complete and it's the system’s spine. More than 150 miles of soft surface trails are good options, too. Hard surface trails are currently under construction in Springdale and Lowell and they should be complete soon.
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 regions such as Kansas City, Tulsa, Omaha, Knoxville and Huntsville, Ala.
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.
EnergizeNWA: EnergizeNWA is a community-led movement focused on making the healthy choice not only easy, but also safe, affordable and accessible.
500K Video: By our calculations, Northwest Arkansas reached 500,000 residents on May 28, 2014, and this YouTube video shows off the region in a unique way that you'll love so long as you have 20 seconds to spare.