The Chamber's 3rd annual Northwest Arkansas Workforce Summit took place Nov. 14-15 at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale! It is the only event  in our region that brings together all the key players in workforce development – industry, education and policy makers.

On the first day of the event, high school students from across Northwest Arkansas met with local employers to learn more about future careers as part of a Career Exploration Expo.

Day Two brought business, education and policy leaders together to advance our region's efforts to improve workforce training and align career readiness efforts in our schools with the needs of our employers.

Keynote speaker Josh Davies addresses one of the biggest issues employers face – a lack of work ethic in today’s society. Nearly nine out of 10 hiring managers nationwide say work ethic is their most important factor in hiring. Josh uses employer-based research to define the seven behaviors of work ethic and shares innovative methods to show you how to make lasting behavior changes.

You can view our 2017 keynote presentation, The Work Ethic Crisishere.







APAC Central, Inc.
Black Hills Energy
Crain Buick GMC of Springdale

Kawneer, an Arconic Company
Northwest Arkansas Community College
Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport


American Tubing, Inc.
Bank of America
J.V. Manufacturing, Inc.
Rausch Coleman Homes
Rockline Industries