The Northwest Arkansas Council and our regional partners are pursuing new goals after the successful completion of almost every task described in a previous strategic plan.

The Council’s three-year plan prioritizes strengthening the region’s workforce and regional employers’ connections to educators. The Council and its partners want to upgrade the region’s infrastructure, and the Council still works hard to help employers recruit talent and expand their businesses in Northwest Arkansas.


Lead the transition to a best-of-class, demand-driven workforce model to increase the supply of appropriately skilled labor.

regional stewardship

Champion placemaking and provide leadership, collaborative capacity, and resource alignment to ensure the region remains a vibrant, attractive, community for businesses and people for decades to come. 


Invest in physical infrastructure that will enable sustainable long-term growth and improve competitiveness.

economic development

Enhance the proactive regional approach to economic development in Northwest Arkansas to grow and attract targeted, career ladder-job opportunities.