March 2018

Trails Drive $137 Million into Northwest Arkansas Economy, Study Shows

With an increasing number of locals and tourists taking advantage of its network of natural-surface trails and shared-use paved paths, bicycling provided $137 million in economic benefits to Northwest Arkansas last year.

According to three new studies shared today by the Walton Family Foundation, the region reaped positive economic, social and health benefits while managing to keep its trail building costs lower than many regions in the U.S.

Leaders Celebrate Completion of Children’s Northwest

Community leaders earlier today celebrated the completion of Arkansas Children’s Northwest at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Springdale.

The hospital, which includes the 233,613 square foot building on a 37-acre site in a western area of the city, opened Feb. 27. Hundreds of people gathered where hospital officials thanked donors, and community leaders discussed the building’s importance in fast-growing Northwest Arkansas.

Northwest Arkansas Joins Largest Metros in 2019

Northwest Arkansas ranked among the nation’s fastest-growing places in the most recent year, and a conservative estimate shows the region should soon be among the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas.

Annual Survey Provides Basis for Workforce Legislative Changes

The robust, prioritized efforts led by the Northwest Arkansas Council and its partners to update state laws regarding workforce development are starting to pay dividends by increasing the availability of skilled labor, a regional business survey’s findings show.

Beer Production Swells in Northwest Arkansas

New Province Brewing doubled its production in 2017, and expects to double it again this year.

The 2-year-old Northwest Arkansas brewery is a perfect demonstration of how the region’s flourishing craft beer industry is foaming over with success these days.