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January 2019

Site Visit Kicks Off Blue Zones Assessment

Experts from the Blue Zones Project will arrive soon to determine how to improve the well-being of Northwest Arkansas residents as part of a regional health-focused assessment.

The team from Blue Zones plans public meetings on Feb. 12-13 as it starts an assessment for community readiness in Northwest Arkansas.

Surging Water Sales Lead Northwest Arkansas’ Stats

From record-breaking water sales to the highest number of passengers to board flights at the regional airport in a single year, Northwest Arkansas remained a statistical superstar in 2018.

Indeed, Northwest Arkansas’ growth can be evaluated in all sorts of ways to better understand how the region is changing, and January ends up being the perfect time to figure out how last year’s stats compare to previous years.

Milken: Northwest Arkansas Remains Among Nation’s Best-Performing Cities

Northwest Arkansas remains among the nation’s top metropolitan areas, according to a new report released today by The Milken Institute.

The Best-Performing Cities report, which has been published annually since 1999, places Northwest Arkansas at No. 27 among the nation’s 200 large metropolitan areas.Metrics that are the basis for the report include growth in jobs, wages and salaries, and technology output. The ranking is important because it helps policymakers, investors, and companies understand which of the nation’s metropolitan economies are thriving.

Council Welcomes Van Laningham as Fifth Lifetime Member

The Northwest Arkansas Council on Thursday inducted its fifth honorary lifetime member at its winter meeting in Bentonville.

Scott Van Laningham worked on the staff of the Northwest Arkansas Council during the 1990s when developing a regional airport was front and center as one of the nonprofit organization’s goals.

State Celebrates $15M Upgrade to Northwest Arkansas Corridor

The opening of a Northwest Arkansas highway was celebrated today, providing the region with one of its best options for travel between Fayetteville and Rogers.

The opening of the new four-mile section of Arkansas Highway 265 means there’s just one more project to finish up on the highway and that last section in Springdale should open early this year, said Scott Bennett, the director of the Arkansas Department of Transportation.

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