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Researchers Put Northwest Arkansas 3rd in Future Economic Growth A new report published today predicts Northwest Arkansas will be the third fastest-growing economy among large metropolitan areas in the nation through 2020 ... Read More State's Largest University Expects Entollment Record Two Northwest Arkansas universities are welcoming more students than ever to their campus, predicting that they’ll break previous enrollment records for students and new students. The University of Arkansas expects the record-breaking overall enrollment. John Brown University has its largest group of new students on campus ... Read More City Launches Downtown Rogers Inc. The city of Rogers will…
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No Pain, No Gain Emmitt Smith, CCIM, is well-acquainted with risk — and its potential payoffs. The NFL Hall of Famer chanced failure in front of millions when he joined the Dallas Cowboys in 1990, at a time when the top-ranked team was suffering from a string of embarrassing losses. And he knew he could be publicly humiliated when he took a spin on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” in 2006 without any prior ballroom training. But Smith conquered both experiences, which gave him greater confidence to go out on another limb and try his hand at another risky business:…
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North Walton Boulevard Loan Consortium The Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce has announced the North Walton Loan Consortium program for development and redevelopment of North Walton Boulevard in Bentonville. In association with its partner financial institutions, the program has been established to assist the private sector in realizing and accelerating enhancements or rehabilitation of current facilities as well as the construction of new projects. The program provides financing at lower interest rates to qualifying individuals and entities with viable proposals for the enhancement of the corridor. The corridor encompasses the property that abuts or falls within the block to the…
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Site Work Begins for Lewis Crossing in Conway The Lewis Crossing shopping center development, expected to open in the fall of 2016, officially is under construction in Conway at the southeast corner of Interstate 40 and Dave Ward ... Read More A Proud Moment for Our State: The Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame Eleven women and one organization were inducted into the inaugural class of the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame on Thursday evening in a fanciful gathering at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. Having moved back to Arkansas, my home state, two months ago after a…
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Northwest Arkansas Trails | A Beginner's Guide to Biking

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Josh Stacey, recreation supervisor at Bike Bentonville, says cycling has brought nothing but good to the Northwest Arkansas Community. "Cycling brings tax dollars into our community. It also brings tourism. People come from across the nation and the world to ride our trails. As an activity, biking enhances our quality of life and makes Northwest Arkansas a more attractive place to live." Stacey says one of his favorite aspects of cycling is the sheer breadth of its appeal. With community-wide reach covering kids and adults, experienced riders and brand new beginners -- everyone has a chance to join this fun,…
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Report says U.S. retains manufacturing advantage even with a strong dollar A new study shows it is still cheaper to make goods in the U.S. even with the rise of the U.S. dollar against the euro and other world currencies over the past year that has reduced U.S. manufacturing cost-competitiveness compared with economies such as Germany, France, Japan, Australia and Brazil. The report from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) of Chicago found that the U.S. still maintains a very significant cost advantage over these economies, and therefore manufacturers are unlikely to shift production to other nations ... Read More Northwest…
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Northwest Arkansas Bike Trails | The Highroller Cyclery

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Courtesy Photo Boasting a diverse array of natural attractions, Arkansas has long been heralded as a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Last month, the Northwest Arkansas region received a new accolade for its outdoor offerings. With two outstanding biking communities in Bentonville and Fayetteville, Northwest Arkansas has been announced by the International Mountain Biking Association as the very first “Regional Ride Center.” With this new international designation, Northwest Arkansas is expected to serve as a model for other cycling-centric communities. To learn more about the region’s cycling community (and its roots), we turned to Highroller Cyclery. From their flagship location on…
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NWA Airport Announces Nonstop Service to San Francisco Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport announced it would have nonstop jet service from northwest Arkansas to San Francisco. The direct flight from United Airlines, which will be operated by SkyWest Airlines, will begin Oct. 25. Kelly Johnson, XNA’s director, said officials have been working for a while to obtain a direct flight to San Francisco... Read full article at Arkansas Business.   Financial Quarter Planned to Revitalize More of Downtown Little Rock With hopes of revitalizing more of downtown Little Rock, studioMAIN is leading an effort to create the Financial Quarter, an area…
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Northwest Arkansas Bike Trails | Arsaga's at the Depot on The Razorback Greenway

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Conveniently located off the old Frisco Trail along the Regional Razorback Greenway, Arsaga's at The Depot is becoming a hub for the local biking community. Within walking distance from the UofA, this charming coffee shop and restaurant is also a popular post-game Sunday morning brunch spot. Tucked beside Dickson Street and the Fayetteville Entertainment District, Arsaga's at the Depot epitomizes Northwest Arkansas character in a dynamic blend of natural beauty, historic charm and culinary excellence. In addition to its convenient trailside location, the Arsaga's depot building has long been one of Fayetteville's cultural landmarks. Built in the 1900's, the building…
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Art & Culture | NorthPark Mall Photoshoot at Crystal Bridges

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As long-time supporters of the arts, we were delighted to discover that Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art was selected as the backdrop for the NorthPark Center's 2015 fall campaign.   Banowetz + Company, the agency producing the work, recently released a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot, which featured fresh designs from Roberto Cavalli, Valentino, Burberry, Mulberry and Ferragamo (among others). Photographed in the midst of American masterpieces, models Zhenya Katava and Daniel de Wolf took center stage in front of the camera while Maxine Helfman worked her magic behind the lens. The campaign will be published nationally next month…
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Forbes Ranks Crystal Bridges Among Greatest Art Destinations Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art caught the eye of Forbes Travel Guide, which listed the museum as one of its “Top 13 Art Trips You Need to Take” on Thursday (August 13). The article compliments the five-century span of artwork appearing in the museum’s eight galleries and the three miles of trails cutting through the property’s 120 acres. It also recommends extending the art experience by staying at Pratt Place Inn and Barn in Fayetteville to see their international decor... Read the full article at 5 News. NWA Free Health Center…
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NWA Education Series: Walnut Farm Montessori School

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Walnut Farm Montessori School in Bentonville, Arkansas, is the first and only Montessori school in the state accredited by the American Montessori Society. Working with toddlers and elementary-aged children, Walnut Farm Montessori offers a mixed-age environment that emphasizes discovery, social sensibility, reasoning and imagination. Established in 1991, the Walnut Farm Montessori School provides students with a full Montessori Curriculum as well as enrichment programs in music, art and Spanish. With the mindset that learning is an experience, the Montessori philosophy adheres to the belief that education is a natural, interactive process between children and their environment. [caption id="attachment_4680" align="aligncenter" width="563"]…
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Home Sales in Arkansas Large Markets Up Nearly 7% in First Half of 2015 The first half of 2015 ended strong for home sales in Arkansas’ four largest markets, with the number of homes sold up almost 10% and the value of the... Read the full article at Talk Business & Politics. 13 Art Trips You Need To Take One of our favorite things to do on a trip is to visit a top-notch museum, whether we see a blockbuster exhibit by an internationally known artist or we stumble upon a little-known institution with an exciting collection. Our Forbes Travel…
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Kibitz: Bentonville High School Students with Aspire Higher

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Aspire Higher is a student-led group that prepares students for college entrance exams and select AP courses at Bentonville High School. Learn More About Aspire Higher How did Aspire Higher begin? We wanted to use our free time wisely this summer. We discussed our AP experiences as juniors – the good and the bad – to determine how best to prepare for college. We created Aspire Higher to help other students advance their education.   What was it like spending an entire summer teaching? Teaching is hard work! We empathize with the teachers more than we did before. It takes…
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NWA Education Series: BHS Students Offer Free Tutoring Classes

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Last April, a handful of upperclassmen at Bentonville High School banded together to help fellow students prepare for college entrance exams. Each teacher holds an ACT test score of 32 (or higher – Shahul Alam landed a perfect score last year), but the students who run Aspire Higher have a lot more in common than test scores. These high achievers have encountered the red tape of taking advanced courses without prerequisites – and the cramming that comes along with it. Thanks to their parents, students and teachers, these students have gained a firm footing in the demands of AP-level coursework.…
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NWACC culinary school is moving to former Tyson factory in Bentonville

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Walton Family Foundation donates more than $15 million for project BENTONVILLE -- Grants totaling more than $15 million are reshaping Northwest Arkansas Community College's culinary program and fueling Bentonville's growing foodie culture. The school plans to move its Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program from a 14,800-square-foot space at the Center for Nonprofits in Rogers to 27,500 square feet in the former Tyson Foods plant at 801 S.E. Eighth St. in Bentonville. The goal is to open in the new location for the fall 2016 semester...   **This is excerpted from Christie Swanson's article on the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette.…
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Springdale, Arkansas' Nanomech Expands Warehouse Capacity

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NanoMech Inc. is expanding its storage and distribution capacity by leasing 12,000 square feet of additional warehouse and office space near its headquarters in the Springdale Technology Park. The company cites continued increasing demand for its products as reason for the needed additional warehouse capacity for shipping and logistics...   **This is excerpted from The City Wire Staff’s article on Talk Business & Politics. You can find the original located on Talk Business & Politics.
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NWA has Seven Times National Average of Corporate Office Jobs

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Benton and Washington counties enjoy a concentration of corporate home office jobs more than seven times the national average according to U.S. Census data tables. The number of jobs related to management of corporate enterprises is 703% higher in Northwest Arkansas than the nation as a whole. That number is so much higher than the rest of the nation because of the wide range of companies that have based their headquarters in Northwest Arkansas, from startups like Field Agent and CaseStack to legacy institutions like Tyson Foods, Wal-Mart, Simmons Foods and J.B. Hunt Transport... **This is excerpted from Kim Souza’s …
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