Walmart's Arkansas hometown has become a tech hub

Sam Walton planted Walmart's (WMT) headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, in 1971. Walmart has grown to become America's largest retailer, employing 1.5 million workers in this country. And the Walton family became one of the richest in America.

Now, the northwest Arkansas metro area, which includes Bentonville, Rogers, Fayetteville and Springdale, is the one of the fastest-growing regions in the United States. Northwest Arkansas is bustling as engineers, lawyers, accountants and marketing professionals flood into the area to work at Walmart and other companies that provide services to the retailer, according to Mervin Jebaraj, executive director for the Center for Business & Economic Research at the University of Arkansas.

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