University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Center for Business & Economic Research


Located in the Sam M. Walton College of Business, the Center provides applied economic and business research to federal, state, and local government, as well as to businesses currently operating or those that desire to operate in the state of Arkansas. The Center further works to improve the economic opportunities of all Arkansans by conducting policy research in the public interest.

  

State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report Release and Business Analysis Luncheon Set for Oct. 27

The Center for Business and Economic Research in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, in collaboration with the Northwest Arkansas Council, will release the yearly State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report on Oct. 27. First published in 2011, the report measures the area’s economy, comparing to peer regions such as Madison, Wis.; Raleigh, N.C.; Provo-Orem, Utah; Des Moines, Iowa; and Austin, Texas.

The presentation will begin at 11:45 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Fayetteville, 1325 North Palak Drive. Networking and registration will begin at 11:00 a.m.  

Quarterly Business Analysis Speakers

Along with updates presented by the Northwest Arkansas Council, Mervin Jebaraj, the center’s director, will discuss new economic data for the nation, Arkansas, and Northwest Arkansas, the Federal Reserve’s current monetary policy, inflation, lingering effects of the pandemic, Russian invasion of Ukraine and future possible effects of the Inflation Reduction Act recently passed by Congress.

 

Mervin Jebaraj

Registration and networking will begin at 11:00 a.m. where attendees will be able to network with other Northwest Arkansas community leaders before the program begins at 11:45 a.m. The program lasts for approximately 75 minutes, including time for questions and answers.

 

Register Here

 

The cost of the luncheon program is $50. To register using a credit card, please use the register to attend button, above. For other registration options, please call 479-575-4151. Preregistration by Friday, October 21, is required. We hope to see you on Thursday, October 27 for an informative event.

The Quarterly Business Analysis program builds networks of leaders from business, academic and governmental sectors in the region while addressing business highlights of the previous quarter, key economic trends and projections and immediate and long-term issues facing the regional and state economy.

Business Forecast Luncheon

2022 Arkansas Business Forecast (event video)
January 28, 2022

2022 Business Forecast Program and Slides

The Center for Business & Economic Research is returning to an in-person Arkansas Business Forecast Luncheon, bringing together national and international experts to discuss the economic outlook for Arkansas, the nation and the world. The event typically draws more than 1,200 business and community leaders. Make plans to attend the 28th Arkansas Business Forecast event on January 28, 2022!

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is required by Friday, January 21. To register, please visit the Business Forecast webpage or follow the registration links below. For questions or other registration options,  please call 479-575-4151 or email cber@walton.uark.edu.

Per University of Arkansas policy, guests are required to wear a well-fitted mask during the luncheon event. Masks may be briefly removed to consume food and beverages.  

Thank you for attending the 2022 Annual Business Forecast Luncheon on January 28, 2022.

 

BF Speakers 2022

 

Panelists for the luncheon this year are:

Moderator: Brett Biggs, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Walmart

Global Forecaster: Juhi Dhawan, senior managing director, partner, and macro strategist at Wellington Management

Domestic Forecaster:  David Altig, executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

State and Regional Forecaster: Mervin Jebaraj, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research.

Detailed biographies of the speakers are HERE.

 

 

Thank you Arkansas Business Forecast 2022 Sponsors!

We are extremely grateful to our Business Forecast Sponsors.
Please call the Center for Business and Economic Research for additional sponsorship opportunities at 479-575-4151.

2022 Busines Forecast Sponsor Logo

 

State of Northwest Arkansas Region Report Release, Quarterly Business Analysis Set for October 27, 2021


U of A economist joined by Northwest Arkansas Council CEO Nelson Peacock to discuss economic trends and efforts to address housing affordability in the region.

The Center for Business and Economic Research in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, in collaboration with the Northwest Arkansas Council, will release the tenth yearly State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report on Oct. 27.

The State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report, first published in 2011, will be shared during a Zoom webinar beginning at 11:30 a.m. Registration in advance is required for the event.

 

Register For Free

 

 

Mervin Jebaraj, the center’s director, will outline the economic highlights in the State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report and will report on economic data and insights regarding regional housing affordability and the continued impacts of the pandemic. 

The State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report is viewed as one of the best measures of the area’s economy, comparing that to peer regions such as Madison, Wis.; Raleigh, N.C.; Provo-Orem, Utah; Des Moines, Iowa; and Austin, Texas.

Northwest Arkansas Council President and Chief Executive Officer Nelson Peacock will give an update on efforts of the workforce housing center announced earlier this year to address housing affordability in the region. Through unique collaboration with community partners, the center is working to develop a strategic plan specific to housing needs and priorities. It will promote housing development in proximity to job centers, lifestyle amenities, downtowns, bus stops, and bicycle and pedestrian trails.

The deadline for pre-registration is Tuesday, Oct. 26.



Nelson Peacock

Nelson Peacock
CEO
Northwest Arkansas Council

   Greg Pogue

Mervin Jebaraj
Director
University of Arkansas
Center for Business and Economic Research

 

 

 


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