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March 2020

A Message from NW Arkansas Health Care Providers (UPDATED)

Many of you saw Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s press conference confirming Northwest Arkansas’ first COVID-19 case. Our regional health care providers and state agencies are working together to ensure the health and safety of our community.

Together, we are taking proactive and preventive measures to address the influx of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our country and state. We are working closely with the Governor, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), municipal authorities, Northwest Arkansas Council, the U.S. Congress and area employers to maximize our resources and to provide the best care to those that may be impacted by COVID-19.

A Message from Northwest Arkansas Banks

Banks in Northwest Arkansas are dedicated to serving our customers and supporting our communities. During this time of great uncertainty, we are united in a common goal of assisting customers impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus. We are actively monitoring the situation on the local and national level and remain a trusted resource for our customers.

Census: NW Arkansas Grew 21% in 9 Years; Ranked 13th in U.S.

Just five larger metropolitan areas in the U.S. grew faster than Northwest Arkansas over a nine-year period, new U.S. Census Bureau population estimates show.

The region’s 21.5% growth rate since 2010 exceeded just about all of the nation’s 383 other metropolitan statistical areas. The growth rate of the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers MSA (Northwest Arkansas) ranked No. 13 overall.

Missouri Gets $58M Bid to Finish Bypass Project

The Missouri Department of Transportation opened construction bids today to build its portion of the Interstate 49 Missouri-Arkansas Connector.

Missouri is responsible for about $58.6 million to build the five-mile section of the roadway, which is also referred to as the Bella Vista Bypass. The apparent low bid of $58,509,919 was submitted by Emery Sapp & Sons, a Columbia, Mo., a company that has built other sections of the roadway.

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

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