Starting Small

July 9, 2021

Regional Economy

Starting Small

NWA Daily

Heartland Forward, the Bentonville based strategy think tank, previewed the Arkansas Economic Recovery Strategy, which will focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, and investment in talent as the secret sauce in the wake of the pandemic.

  • A firm foundation: The report highlights education as the starting point for economic change in the state. Creating an innovative workforce falls to universities, which can "leverage research universities and intellectual assets as economic development engines."
  • Other recommendations from the Heartland report include adopting retention strategies, seeking additional funding, and providing access to high-speed internet. “Arkansas’s natural beauty, economic resilience, and robust workforce are the keys to dynamic economic growth."

Learn more about Heartland Forward's report on Arkansas's recovering economy and how it impacts NWA HERE.

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