State of the Northwest Arkansas region, trade analysis scheduled for October 27


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Mervin Jebaraj, director of the Center for Economic and Business Research, shares economic highlights for the state. (May 2018)

The Center for Business and Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the U of A, in conjunction with the Northwest Arkansas Council, will release the 10th annual report on the state of the northwestern region on October 27. Arkansas.

The state of the Northwest Arkansas region report, first released in 2011, will be shared in a Zoom webinar starting at 11:30 am Advance registration is required to the event.

Register on the home page of the Center for Economic and Commercial Studies.

Center Director Mervin Jebaraj will describe economic highlights in the State of the Northwest Arkansas Region report and report on economic data and information regarding regional housing affordability and ongoing impacts of the pandemic.

The State of the Northwest Arkansas region report is considered one of the best measures of the region’s economy, comparing it to comparable regions such as Madison, Wisconsin; Raleigh, North Carolina; Provo-Orem, Utah; Des Moines, Iowa; and Austin, Texas.

Northwest Arkansas Council President and CEO Nelson Peacock will provide an update on the efforts of the workforce accommodation center announced earlier this year to address housing affordability in the area. Thanks to a unique collaboration with community partners, the center is working to develop a strategic plan specific to housing needs and priorities. It will promote the development of housing near employment centers, living amenities, town centers, bus stops and cycle and pedestrian paths.

The pre-registration deadline is Tuesday October 26. Register on

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers internationally competitive education in over 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes to more than $ 2.2 billion for the Arkansas economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and job development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the top 3% of colleges and universities in the United States with the highest level of research activity. American News and World Report ranks the U of A among the best public universities in the country. Find out how the U of A is working to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.

About the Northwest Arkansas Council: Founded in 1990 by Sam Walton, JB Hunt, Don Tyson and several other business leaders, the Northwest Arkansas Council serves as a regional convener for economic and community initiatives. The Council excels at identifying challenges and promoting solutions to improve the prosperity of the Northwest Arkansas region. Key initiatives include work to improve the quality of life, attract talent, improve the region’s workforce, create employment opportunities, modernize infrastructure and keep up with the impressive growth of the region. For more information visit


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