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Talent Incentive

The Northwest Arkansas Council is investing more than $1 million over six months to attract top talent to the region through the Life Works Here initiative, which brings to light the lifestyle and career benefits offered by the region.

Welcome to Northwest Arkansas

With one of the best costs of living, plentiful outdoor lifestyle perks, nationally ranked arts, culture and cuisine scenes, and per capita income that’s 14% higher than the national average, the Northwest Arkansas region offers a unique opportunity to create balance for those eager to move from congested and expensive larger cities and suburbs.

You’re looking for a great place to live, work and play.

We’re looking for new residents to add to the vibrancy of our growing community.

Could You Call Northwest Arkansas Home?

What we’re doing

The Northwest Arkansas Council is investing more than $1 million over six months to attract top talent to the region through the Life Works Here initiative, which brings to light the lifestyle and career benefits offered by the region.

The initiative is sponsored by the Northwest Arkansas Council and made possible by philanthropic support from the Walton Family Foundation at the recommendation of Steuart Walton and Tom Walton.

What’s in it for you?

Northwest Arkansas is a great place to work, live and play: for recent grads, families, career changers, entrepreneurs, artists and more. We’re offering top remote working talent – maybe you? – a $10,000 cash incentive to move to the region. The funds will help with everything you need to set up your new life in Northwest Arkansas.

In addition to $10,000, incentive recipients will be gifted a street or mountain bicycle to help you take advantage of the 162 miles of paved trails, the 37-mile Razorback Regional Greenway and the 322 miles of world-class mountain biking trails that has made outdoor enthusiasts flock to the area. Alternatively, participants can choose an annual membership to one of our world-class arts and cultural institutions.

Where do I apply?

Can you work anywhere?  You can truly live here.

Check Your Eligibility

  1. At least 24 years old
  2. Have at least two years of work experience
  3. Have full-time employment (which includes self-employment)
  4. Currently resides outside of the state of Arkansas 
  5. Can relocate to Northwest Arkansas within six months of acceptance
  6. U.S. citizen or has the necessary credentials required to work legally in the U.S.

Take a closer look at Northwest Arkansas

You’ll quickly come to realize, life works here. Employment is abundant, housing is affordable, commutes are short, and the region is filled with a sense of possibility, a place where you can have a real impact.

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Q&A

Why is the NWA Council offering the incentive?

Northwest Arkansas has more than 10,000 job openings right now and has a shortage of talent to fill available STEAM jobs. We want to attract talent who will help us build a richer long-term talent pipeline that supports our thriving local economy.

The incentive is specifically targeting remote workers – we are looking for people who can meaningfully contribute to and actively participate in our vibrant community.

Who is the ideal candidate for the program?

We’re looking for all kinds of talent, but the most in-demand talent in our region are STEAM professionals and entrepreneurs. We’ll assess the applicants’ skills in relation to our region’s needs, as well as what they can add to our community. We’re not looking for someone who can only do a good job at work. We’re looking for people who will add to the vibrancy of our community.

What types of incentives will recipients receive?

In addition to the $10,000 grant, recipients will be gifted either a bike – to help new residents take advantage of the outdoors on their own terms – or a free annual membership to one of our world-class arts and cultural institutions – Crystal Bridges, Momentary, Amazeum, TheatreSquared, Walton Arts Center and Walmart AMP.

Are there qualifications?

In order to be eligible for the program, applicants must have the ability to relocate to Northwest Arkansas within six months of acceptance, sign a lease for local housing or purchase a house, be at least 24 years old, have at least two years of work experience, have full-time remote employment (which includes self-employment), currently reside outside of the state of Arkansas, and be a U.S. citizen or have the necessary credentials required to work legally in the U.S.

Eligibility Check List:

  1. At least 24 years old
  2. Have at least two years of work experience
  3. Have full-time employment (which includes self-employment)
  4. Currently resides outside of the state of Arkansas 
  5. Can relocate to Northwest Arkansas within six months of acceptance
  6. U.S. citizen or has the necessary credentials required to work legally in the U.S.

How are recipients selected?

A review panel selected by the Northwest Arkansas Council will evaluate individual applicants, interview candidates and award the incentives to selected applicants.

If selected as an incentive recipient, where can I live?

Recipients must live within the Northwest Arkansas region. That includes Benton and Washington Counties.

If selected as an incentive recipient, how quickly can I move?

To qualify for the incentive, the recipient must move within six months of selection.

Can couples and families apply and be considered for a $20,000 total grant?

We are limiting grants to one per household. That said, we will assist accompanying spouses in their effort to find employment.

Will the incentive program assist with housing or job placement?

No, the program does not offer employment. The program is intended for individuals who have the ability to work remotely in their current job.

How many of these incentive packages are available?

We don’t have a firm number in mind. This is a pilot right now. After the initial feedback and results are reviewed, we’ll determine whether to extend the program.

Questions for us?

We’d love to share more about what makes Northwest Arkansas the perfect place to live.

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