Region Sees Steady Climb in Diverse Populations

Diverse individuals accounted for more than 28% of Northwest Arkansas’ population in 2019, according to a new research report from the Northwest Arkansas Council. The report, entitled Engage the Future: A Look at the Growing Diversity in Northwest Arkansas, documents the region’s diverse population growth over the last 10 years, provides comparative analysis with several peer regions and highlights the racial and ethnic diversity in the region’s school districts.

Council Launches Music Ecosystem Strategy and Action Plan

Northwest Arkansas’ music ecosystem produces a $389 million economic output and is responsible for 3,972 jobs in the region, according to new research from the Northwest Arkansas Council. The Council commissioned the study to understand the economic impact of Northwest Arkansas’ music industry and how it can help drive the region’s economy and improve livability.

The Momentary Opens in Bentonville

The Momentary, a new contemporary art space for visual, performing and culinary arts, has opened. Northwest Arkansas residents will get their first opportunity to see the museum on Saturday. The museum opened to members earlier today.

Bus System’s $2.9M Grant Paying for New Offices

Ozark Regional Transit (ORT) celebrated the start of construction on its long-anticipated new administrative office building.

A ceremony was held to break ground on the 8,800-square-foot building that will replace the current offices. A $2.9 million federal bus and facilities grant will pay for the new building in Springdale.

Plug and Play Summit Showcases 12 Startups

Plug and Play hosted its first summit to showcase the first 12 startups in its Northwest Arkansas Supply Chain & Logistics program.

The program is supported by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; founding partners Walmart, Tyson Foods, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, the Walton Family Foundation, the Northwest Arkansas Council and the University of Arkansas; and anchor partner Georgia-Pacific.