Grants Put Additional Emphasis on Workforce Development

New positions are being created in the Fort Smith area and Northwest Arkansas to strengthen the important relationships between high schools, colleges and universities, technical schoolsvand leading companies in the two regions.

The Walton Family Foundation has awarded grants to the Northwest Arkansas Council and the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce to expand workforce development programs. The grants were announced on Thursday afternoon.

Tyson Foods, Walmart Responding to Hurricane Florence, Flooding

Tyson Foods, Walmart Responding to Hurricane Florence, Flooding

Walmart and Tyson Foods are among the Northwest Arkansas companies leading in the response to help victims of Hurricane Florence and the flooding that continues to impact North Carolina and South Carolina.

Derek Burleson of Tyson Foods said teams from company plants started cooking hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken on Thursday, breaking a Tyson Foods’ first-day record at a natural disaster by providing food to 31,000 people. Tyson Foods will continue operating at its cook site on a Walmart parking lot in Fayetteville, N.C. through Sept. 29.

New Video Captures Northwest Arkansas, its Amazing Statistics

New Video Captures Northwest Arkansas, its Amazing Statistics

Videos do an amazing job of marketing Northwest Arkansas because seeing is believing when it comes to one of the fastest-growing regions in middle America.

That’s because many people outside the region don’t know about the rising quality of life, its increasing population, its excellent schools, and its expanding companies.

A new video, commissioned by the Northwest Arkansas Council, does a nice job of combining the region’s impressive amenities and outdoor venues with the statistics that tell the story of what’s happening in Northwest Arkansas. Produced by Cedric Fonvile’s company NICE NWA, it was shared widely this week on social media, and it remains on the website of Finding NWA.