According to a recent report from the Arkansas World Trade Center, Arkansas exports remained robust through 2018 with $6.5 billion in trade that spanned 170 countries and reflected 12 percent growth since 2008.
Data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis shows Northwest Arkansas is 18th in national per capita personal income rankings. The per capita personal income in the region stands at $65,306. Mervin Jebaraj, the director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas, tells us more about this metric of an area's success.
A think tank focused on research and policy with the goal of driving economic renewal in the American Heartland has launched in Bentonville. Heartland Forward is supported by members of the Walton family and will be overseen by President and CEO Ross DeVol.
A housing report commissioned by the Walton Family Foundation and carried out by Enterprise Community Partners sums up the challenges of finding, building and retaining affordable housing in Northwest Arkansas. It also includes action items and recommendations that could ease the problem.