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Big firms’ efforts lift up region

In state’s NW, 3 lead growth push

By Brian Fanney

This article was published January 18, 2016 at 5:45 a.m.

Rural areas rarely become economic powerhouses, but Northwest Arkansas is an exception. In the past few decades, it has become the state’s fastest-growing region because some large companies there banded together to advance a common set of goals.

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Nodmcm says... January 19, 2016 at 4:29 a.m.

"Outside of expanding the area’s amenities, Harvey said, there’s a mismatch between what employers need in a workforce and the educations that high school and college students receive. More technical education would benefit the economy and students, he said."
Maybe Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz can help get some highly technically-trained immigrant workers from Pakistan to move to Springdale and Bentonville. Wal-Mart and J. B. Hunt might have to pitch in to build a mosque and hire an imam, but they also might save a bundle of money hiring technically proficient foreigners to do the work they are apparently claiming American young people are not prepared to perform.

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