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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 Northwest Arkansas Region Report Release

and Quarterly Business Analysis


       State of the Region Report 2018

 

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, released the eighth annual State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report.

The 2018 State of the Region Report was released on September 25, during a 90-minute luncheon program at the Northwest Arkansas Board of Realtors Event Center at 314 N. Goad Springs Road in Lowell. Attendees  arrived at 11:00 a.m. for networking and registration.

Ross DeVol, a fellow of the Walton Family Foundation  focused on research into policies related to economic vitality of Northwest Arkansas and America's heartland; Nelson Peacock, president and chief executive officer, Northwest Arkansas Council; and economist Mervin Jebaraj, director of the university's Center for Business and Economic Research presented economic analysis, data and information. Peacock presented the Greater Northwest Arkansas Development Strategy, a plan outlining the Northwest Arkansas Council's pursuits over the next three years. DeVol focused on the importance of education and knowledge in metropolitan growth, talk about universities that excel in technology transfer, describing Utah's success, spurred by decisions to expand science and technology investment made nearly 20 years ago. Jebaraj focused on economic highlights in the State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report as well as economic data and statistics from the Center for Business and Economic Research's Quarterly Business Analysis. The State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report is widely viewed as one of the best measures of performances comparing peer regions such as Madison, Wisconsin; Raleigh, North Carolina; Provo, Utah; Des Moines, Iowa; and Austin, Texas.

Event filled to capacity

 

View 2018 State of the Region Report

Individual tickets are $45 each with the option to purchase a table of eight. Pre-registration is required. The deadline for registration is Friday, September 21. Reservations can be made for the luncheon at http://cber.uark.edu/ or by calling 479-575-4151.

Quarterly Business Analysis

The 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.

 
Quarterly Business Analysis

Mervin Jebaraj, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, presented the regular Quarterly Business Analysis on Thursday, May 24, 2018.

Networking and registration began at 11:00 am. The program took place from 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m., at the Hilton Garden Inn Fayetteville, 1325 North Palak Drive.

 Speaker Mervin Jebaraj took an indepth look at at new economic data, tax cuts, tariffs, interest rate adjustments and other factors and at their effect on short-term and long-term growth for the nation, Arkansas and the region. "Even in a growing economy, changes in policy and a daily flow of new information can shift the economic outlook," Jebaraj said. The program also took a deep dive into what kind of pressure Northwest Arkansas' growing population is putting on affordable housing in the region.

Registration Information:

The cost for the Quarterly Business Analysis program and luncheon is $45.

 

  Event filled to Capacity

Business Forecast 2018

Program
2018 Business Forecast Luncheon Program
Presentations

Mervin Jebaraj, Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research
Michael Milken, Chairman of the Milken Institute   

Business Forecast 2018 The 24th Annual Business Forecast Luncheon was held on January 26, 2018 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers, Arkansas. The luncheon brings national and international experts to discuss the economic outlook for Arkansas, the nation, and the world. The sold out event had over 1,100 in attendance, focusing on current and future trends in the economy. Mervin Jebaraj presented the economic outlook for the state and highlighted challenges and opportunities for Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas. Milken Institute Chairman, Michael Milken, was the keynote and spoke about rebuilding the American dream. Ross DeVol, Walton Fellow and former chief research officer for the Milken Institute, moderated a question-and-answer session with Milken following his speech.

 

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