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A new quarterly speaker series created by the Northwest Arkansas Council will provide organizations, companies and individuals a platform to share news, events and other information with a regional audience.

Onward Ozarks kicks off at 8 a.m. on April 28 as a Zoom event but plans to evolve into an in-person breakfast later this year, depending on the progress of COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Council constantly looks for new ways to engage with the community,” said Nelson Peacock, Northwest Arkansas Council president and CEO. “Onward Ozarks gives us an opportunity to bring topics of interest to residents, and at the same time highlight the meaningful work of our members and organizations throughout the region.”

The April 28 presentation will focus on the planned improvements to Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA). Speakers Larry Perkin and Shayan Dehbozorgi are partners with Hight Jackson Associates in Rogers, and the architectural firm is overseeing the skybridge project at XNA.

Randy Wilburn, founder and host of the popular “I Am Northwest Arkansas” podcast, will serve as series host and moderator.

The Council is seeking additional topics for future Onward Ozarks sessions. Those interested in presenting as part of the series should contact Rob Smith at A committee will select the speakers.

Similar regional events are popular and have found great success elsewhere. While the Northwest Arkansas Council modeled its program after a once-a-month breakfast called “Good Morning, Springfield” that’s put on by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce in Missouri, the Northwest Arkansas Chambers of Commerce regularly organize excellent speaking engagements that highlight what’s happening in their individual communities.

For more information on Onward Ozarks and to register, click here.

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