Business, education and policy leaders joined 840 students from across the region gatherer for the Chamber's 2nd annual Northwest Arkansas Workforce Summit Nov. 7-8 at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale.

The first day of the event engaged business, education and policy leaders while Day Two exposed high school sophomores and juniors from every school district in Northwest Arkansas as part of a Career Exploration Expo.

Award-winning actor and workplace skills advocate John Ratzenberger was the afternoon keynote speaker on Day One. Ratzenberger produced and starred in the Travel Channel series “Made in America,” which highlighted U.S.-made goods and workers.

Noted economist Ted Abernathy provided the Monday morning keynote address on workforce trends on the national and regional level. Additional sessions during the day-long event featured Dr. Charisse Childers, Director Arkansas Department of Career Education, entrepreneur advocate Rick Webb, Tomas Blodgett of Multi-Craft Contractors and John Riggs IV of J.A. Riggs Company.

Powerpoint presentations made at the event may be downloaded below.

Ted Abernathy Presentation

Dr. Charisse Childers Presentation

Tomas Blodgett Presentation

John Riggs Presentation

The event is a major component of the region's efforts to advance improvements in workforce training and to better align career readiness efforts in our schools with the needs of our employers.




Airetech Corporation
American Tubing
APAC Central
Arvest Bank Springdale
Black Hills Energy
Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs
Crain Buick GMC
Fig Tree Holdings
Flintco, Inc.
Harrison Energy Partners
Northwest Arkansas Community College
Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport
Pratt & Whitney, PSD
Star Mechanical