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
*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.