Bentonville chamber partners with Denver cloud computing company for remote worker program

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The Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with a cloud computing company in Denver for a remote worker program.

Pax8 is hiring remote workers in the region through its Rural Empowerment Program. The two groups finalized the deal with a virtual ribbon-cutting event on Feb. 3.

James Bell, the chamber’s vice president of economic development, said the partnership results from nearly a year’s worth of Zoom meetings, phone calls, and in-person meetings, including a community assessment by a Pax8 team that visited Northwest Arkansas in May.

“Now, it’s time to help them hire here so we may take the relationship even further,” Bell said.

Pax8 vice president Cleve Lewis said the company plans to hire two Northwest Arkansas remote workers per quarter in 2022. For those jobs, wages range from about $50,000 to more than $160,000 per year. The positions range from entry- to senior-level, including marketing, tech support, operations, software engineering and even a senior director role.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce to expand our rural hiring program into Arkansas,” said Pax8 CEO John Street. “Pax8 is committed to offering a wide range of career opportunities for people in rural communities across America. We look forward to bringing new jobs to Northwest Arkansas and empowering economic development together.”

Pax8 provides cloud technology, strategically focusing on IT professionals that support small- to mid-sized businesses.

Bell noted the company’s rapid growth, recognized by inclusion on the Inc. magazine’s annual list of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the country four years in a row.

“From our first interactions last year, it was immediately apparent Pax8 and Bentonville shared a common culture and values around diverse thought and experiences, innovative approaches, and investment in teams and communities,” Bell said.

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