July 2018

‘Dogged’ Arkansas Planners Keep After Funding for I-49 in Missouri

The Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission is pursuing a $25 million federal grant to complete a key section of Interstate 49 in Missouri.

The commission’s staff worked closely with the Northwest Arkansas Council in submitting the application for a Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to pay for a portion of the I-49 Missouri-Arkansas Connector. The Missouri Department of Transportation, the Arkansas Department of Transportation, key members of Congress, Missouri lawmakers and the business community in Arkansas and Missouri are supportive of the project.

Council Pursues ‘Bigger Plays’ in New Strategy

A new strategy unveiled by the Northwest Arkansas Council prioritizes diversifying the economy through a renewed commitment to research, supporting entrepreneurs and startups, training and attracting tech talent, and improving the region’s physical and social infrastructure.

J.B. Hunt’s Hobbs Takes Over As Presiding Co-Chair

 An executive at J.B. Hunt Transport Services is the new presiding co-chair of the Northwest Arkansas Council.

Nick Hobbs, the logistics company’s president of dedicated contract services, takes over for University of Arkansas Chancellor Joseph E. Steinmetz, who spent the past year leading the Council. The leadership transition was made at the Council’s annual meeting on Tuesday.