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.
The Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas released its annual State of the Northwest Arkansas Region report. In this year’s report, the center compared Northwest Arkansas to several peer regions like Austin, Texas, Des Moines, Iowa, Madison, Wisconsin, and Durham and Raleigh, North Carolina. The report outlines many strengths of the region, but more importantly, also addresses its weaknesses.
Arkansas native Nelson Peacock is the new president and CEO of the NWA Council. Peacock is currently the senior vice president of government relations at the University of California Office of the president. He will soon move to the region with his family and begin his tenure in July.
In 1990 the Northwest Arkansas Council formed in an effort to represent the region when it came to matters of securing resources to improve the infrastructure of the area. Twenty-five years later, the council is still working on improving the region for those who live in Northwest Arkansas and conduct business in it. Recently, we spoke to Uvalde Lindsey, who was with the council at its beginning, and Mike Malone, the council's current president and CEO.