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Filling tech openings event's focus

More training, better recruiting, telecomuting among ideas

Subscriber onlyBusiness leaders must change outside perceptions of Arkansas and train homegrown employees to increase the area's technology workforce, Mike Malone, president and CEO of the Northwest Arkansas Council, said Tuesday. Continue reading...

Elm Springs Planning Commission recommends rezoning for proposed wind farm

Subscriber onlyELM SPRINGS -- The Planning Commission Monday unanimously supported rezoning 311 acres for a wind farm. More than a dozen residents spoke out against the plan. Continue reading...

Growing number of women enter funeral industry

Corporate ownership also slowly increasing

Subscriber onlyElise Pennington spent 19 years caring for people as a nurse. Now she is part of the growing number of women working their way into the funeral business. Continue reading...

Cremation, natural burial gain popularity in funeral options

Cremation, natural burial gaining popularity

Subscriber onlyThe growing number of funeral options from cremations to celebrations are making burying a loved one more convenient and comforting. Continue reading...

Lowell-based Central Research adding 50 workers

Subscriber onlyCentral Research plans to add 50 jobs over the next couple of months, doubling its Northwest Arkansas workforce, the company said Friday. Continue reading...

Dental needs great despite growth in services, education

State ranks low in most oral health categories

Subscriber onlyArkansas earned a last-place spot in America's Health Ranking with 55 percent of its residents visiting the dentist last year, compared to a national rate of 67.2 percent. The state is also last for dentists per capita and ranks 47th in percentage of loss of natural teeth. Continue reading...

NW area's arts needs explored in report

Walton Family Foundation commissions cultural needs and gaps study

Subscriber onlyCrystal Bridges Museum of American Art elevated Northwest Arkansas' cultural prominence when it opened in 2011, and now the Walton Family Foundation is exploring ways to build off of that momentum. Continue reading...

Springdale hospital project gets exec

Children's Hospital names Trisha Montague as head of planned Springdale hospital

Subscriber onlyArkansas Children's Hospital has hired someone with a experience in large construction projects to lead its new Springdale hospital. Continue reading...

Low unemployment creates tough market for employers

Subscriber onlyROGERS -- Northwest Arkansas' low unemployment and high job growth rates are squeezing local employers. Continue reading...

Parent groups provide majority of high school sports funding, but is often untracked

Parent groups help high school athletes, but don’t always know the rules or are tracked

Subscriber onlyOutside supporters and booster clubs account for about two-thirds of the nearly $2.7 million spent in 2014 on high school athletics in Northwest Arkansas' largest districts. Continue reading...

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