A Climate for Business
There is an entrepreneurial spirit in the air in Northwest Arkansas. The area is booming, thanks to companies such as Wal*Mart Stores, Inc., the world’s largest corporation, Tyson Foods, Inc., the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, red meat and pork, and JB Hunt Transport, Inc., the country’s largest publicly held truckload carrier.

*Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) is the sixth fastest growing MSA in the country and is ranked number two in job growth.

*The MSA was ranked number one on the 2003 Milken Institute’s survey of Best Performing Cities.

*Population in the MSA grew 47.5% between 1990 and 2000. By 2005, the population for Benton and Washington counties is projected to top 368,000.