October 20, 2021

Mixture of traditional industry, new technology seen in future of Northwest Arkansas jobs, agriculture

Many of the people moving to Northwest Arkansas are going to need jobs.

Mike Harvey with the Northwest Arkansas Council said the new jobs may come from companies branching out. Companies such as Tyson Foods, J.B. Hunt and Walmart have shown a willingness over the years to be out front, early adopters of cutting-edge technology in their specific industries, he said.

“I think from an economy perspective, we obviously want to support and nurture what is here, the folks that got us here, those big sectors like retail, food logistics, education and I’d add health care to that. Obviously, it’s going to be very different-looking 25 years from now,” Harvey said.

Logistics and supply-chain management may become even more important to the region, he said. Northwest Arkansas could also become a center for supply-chain technology, autonomous vehicles or air mobility, such as last-mile delivery…

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