Milken: Northwest Arkansas Remains Among Nation's Best-Performing Cities

Northwest Arkansas remains among the nation’s top metropolitan areas, according to a new report released today by The Milken Institute.

The Best-Performing Cities report, which has been published annually since 1999, places Northwest Arkansas at No. 27 among the nation’s 200 large metropolitan areas.Metrics that are the basis for the report include growth in jobs, wages and salaries, and technology output. The ranking is important because it helps policymakers, investors, and companies understand which of the nation’s metropolitan economies are thriving.

State Celebrates $15M Upgrade to Northwest Arkansas Corridor

State Celebrates $15M Upgrade to Northwest Arkansas Corridor

The opening of a Northwest Arkansas highway was celebrated today, providing the region with one of its best options for travel between Fayetteville and Rogers.

The opening of the new four-mile section of Arkansas Highway 265 means there’s just one more project to finish up on the highway and that last section in Springdale should open early this year, said Scott Bennett, the director of the Arkansas Department of Transportation.

Top 10: Northwest Arkansas Kept Sailing Along in 2018

Top 10: Northwest Arkansas Kept Sailing Along in 2018

Year 2018 in Northwest Arkansas was fantastic by almost any measure.

New highways, expanded healthcare, business investments, new areas of emphasis, and national recognition as one of the nation’s best places to live were among the highlights.

The Northwest Arkansas Council staff each year pulls together a year-end summary focused on the year’s best happenings, and there’s significant room for debate. We limited the list to the Top 10, but could have easily stepped it up to a Top 15 or even Top 20. There were that many important or region-changing successes in 2018.

New $25M Grant Will Finish I-49 Project

New $25M Grant Will Finish I-49 Project

A federal grant announced today by five members of Congress will pay for the unfunded portion of the Missouri-Arkansas Connector, a project that’s been worked on by Missouri and Arkansas for more than 20 years.

The $25 million U.S. Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant, which was requested by the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission, will go to the Missouri Department of Transportation which has promised to complete work on a five-mile portion of a 19-mile section of Interstate 49 that swings west of Bella Vista.