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August 2017

Northwest Arkansas Companies Leading Hurricane Response

Northwest Arkansas largest companies are often among the first to step up during a natural disaster with Walmart Stores, Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt Transport Services leading the way.

Their work was only gaining steam as Hurricane Harvey began moving north and away from the Gulf Coast.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced last week that they would provide $1 million to organizations helping in response to Hurricane Harvey, and that was just the beginning. The company and foundation announced on Wednesday that they’d provide up to $20 million toward Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery.

Naturals Reach Playoffs For Seventh Time in 10 Seasons

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are headed to the Texas League playoffs in pursuit of their second championship.

After home playoff games on Sept. 6 and Sept. 7 at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, the Naturals hit the road in the best-of-five series. Their likely first-round opponent is the Springfield Cardinals or the Tulsa Drillers as they lead the North Division in the second half.

Northwest Arkansas Region Luncheon Set for Oct. 3

The Center for Business and Economic Research in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, in collaboration with the Northwest Arkansas Council, will release the seventh annual State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report on Oct. 3.

The annual State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report, first released in 2011, will be shared at a luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Northwest Arkansas Board of Realtors Event Center, 314 N. Goad Springs Road in Lowell. Attendees may arrive at 11 a.m. for networking.

Walton Foundation Provides $120M to University School of Art

The largest gift ever given to a university school of art was announced this week at the University of Arkansas.

The unprecedented gift of $120 million from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation will go to the Northwest Arkansas university to establish the School of Art. The gift creates the state’s only university school of art, and it will propel art education and research in the state forward while also providing unparalleled access and opportunity to students.

The gift helps position the School of Art as a center of excellence in art education, art history, graphic design and studio art curriculum. 

Special thanks to our major investors for their support of the Northwest Arkansas Council and our work in the region:

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