northwest Arkansas

Courtesy / Washington Regional Medical System

Heading into November, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the establishment of the Winter COVID-19 Task Force. One of the task force members is Larry Shackelford, the president and CEO of Washington Regional Medical System. Shackelford discusses his role in the group, regional hospital capacity and his concerns about the numerous holidays coming up in the next few weeks.

Courtesy / NWA Council

The Northwest Arkansas Council is taking applications for its Life Works Here initiative, which comes with a $10,000 incentive and other perks aimed at attracting STEAM talent to the region. The effort has drawn excitement as well as criticism from those who believe the organization and its funders should also focus on Northwest Arkansans struggling during the pandemic.

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.

This month, the Bentonville Planning Commission approved a multifamily housing development called City U that will be located near downtown. City Councilman Bill Burckart says the project will address some of the concerns expressed by the Northwest Arkansas Regional Housing Task Force, which provided insights for a forthcoming report on the region’s housing woes.

Z. Sitek / KUAF

Hundreds of homes are being built in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley, as well as other regions across the country, but the building boom is facing a skilled labor shortage. We learn about what the shortage means for home builders, homebuyers, tradespeople and prospective apprentices. 

Community Spotlight - NWA Master Naturalists

Jan 18, 2017

NWA Master Naturalists impact the community in many ways.  They will be holding training sessions in Benton and Washington Counties.  You can visit their website here for more information.

In this edition of the Community Spotlight series, we hear from Jason Kindall, the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Washington County.  Jason speaks about the Restore program they offer to the community.

Community Spotlight - September is Literacy Month

Sep 16, 2016

Ozark Literacy Council (OLC) is a nonprofit offering many different classes and levels of tutoring in pronunciation, grammar, writing, etc.  Today Pete speaks with Paul Johnson, a volunteer for OLC.  Paul has performed a vast array of duties in his eight years of volunteering for OLC, but he works primarily with ESL learners.  OLC provides a wide range of short and long term volunteer opportunities.  Visit their volunteer page here for more information.

Community Spotlight - September is Literacy Month

Sep 14, 2016

Ozark Literacy Council (OLC) is the largest literacy council in the state of Arkansas serving nearly 400 individuals each year.  OLC offers several levels of tutoring and classes in adult literacy and ESL to ensure financial security, job placement, and increased community involvement.  Today, Pete speaks with Chung Tan, the chair of the board for OLC to discuss the importance of adult literacy within Arkansas.


Community Spotlight - Dress For Success NWA

Sep 14, 2016

Dress For Success has been impacting Northwest Arkansas since August of 2013.  The nonprofit provides a network of support for women striving toward economic independence.  In addition to supplying clients with professional attire, Dress For Success NWA offers many other services to help women achieve success in the professional world.