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Last updated on Thursday, October 2, 2014, 3:01 pm

Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business & Economic Research at the University of Arkansas, spoke Thursday during the State of the Northwest Arkansas Region luncheon in Springdale.

NWA Council Hosts State of the Region Luncheon

Rosalind Brewer’s job brought her to Northwest Arkansas three years ago, and when friends and family come to visit for the first time, they often arrive with preconceived notions about the area. More times than not, Northwest Arkansas showcases its strengths to Brewer’s guests. “They are always awestruck when they leave about the richness of this region,” Brewer said Thursday. “We just have to get them to come here.” Brewer, the CEO of Sam’s Club, made the remarks Thursday while welcoming guests to the State of the Northwest Arkansas Region luncheon. She was addressing the audience in her capacity as the presiding co-chair of the nonprofit Northwest Arkansas Council, which hosted the event that drew more than 300 business leaders to the Holiday Inn... [ MORE ]

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Arkansas voters will decide in a few weeks whether to increase the state's minimum wage. If you had to vote today, would you vote to raise minimum wage in Arkansas from $6.25 to $8.50 by 2017?

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