As part of our purpose we envision a self-sustained, design-led, state-of-the-art fashion industry here in Northwest Arkansas. Among the pillars of our organization, professional development has played an integral part in achieving the sustainable business we envision. In leveraging the talent nurtured across our programs we are able to supplement the manufacturing labor shortage in the region. We see this as a first step to establishing a true sewn-goods production sector in our community. By incubating design talent alongside the education and training of small batch and cooperative production talent, we have activated the local workforce and enabled regional brands and designers to create an ecosystem that is both creatively expansive and financially self-sustaining.