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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.

NWA Artist INC features artists helping artists understand the financial and marketing sides of their work. Applications for 25 spots in the fourth annual Northwest Arkansas edition of the program are due April 30. A webinar this Saturday at 10 a.m. will explain some of the details.

The University of Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center and the Northwest Arkansas Council have partnered to form the Small Business Emergency Assistance program in an effort to support small businesses and nonprofits in the region that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic as they navigate requests for state and federal aid.

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The winter meeting of the Northwest Arkansas Council including discussions about a new Whole Health Institute, an upcoming road and highway election and progress on the new Walmart headquarters.

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A new regional arts service organization is launching in Northwest Arkansas. It will be developed by the Northwest Arkansas Council and has backing from the Walton Family Foundation. While the organization doesn’t have a name, it does have an executive director. We speak with Allyson Esposito about her new position.

The annual meeting of the Northwest Arkansas Council included news about future health care and art projects in Northwest Arkansas.

A report commissioned by the Northwest Arkansas Council suggests $3.4 billion could be added annually to the region's healthcare economy by 2040. Today we hear a bit about the report and how officials with Tripp Umbach, the firm that prepared the report, came to their conclusions.

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EngageNWA, which is part of the Northwest Arkansas Council, has launched a strategic plan focused on the region's diverse community of immigrants and newcomers. The effort, which is funded by Tyson Foods and the Walmart Foundation, focuses on inclusion in five areas: economic development, government leadership, civic engagement, safe and connected communities, and education. EngageNWA is partnering with city leaders and community organizations to carry out the initiatives and goals outlined in the plan.


The Northwest Arkansas Council issued the group's annual report Tuesday. It calls for more funding for university research and for better middle skills education in NWA.


Accelerated population growth of about 32 people a day means Northwest Arkansas could make the list of Top 100 Metro Areas in the country by early next year. That is a few months earlier than anticipated by the Northwest Arkansas Council. NWA Council president and CEO Nelson Peacock says the designation will come with many opportunities, as well as many challenges that will need to be addressed sooner rather than later.