Northwest Arkansas

House of Songs Talent Collaborates in Northwest Arkansas

International songwriters and artists on their way to one of the world’s biggest folk music events will be among those taking part in two House of Songs Ozarks shows in Northwest Arkansas this month.

A Feb. 11 performance will be from 3 to 6 p.m. at Record, an events venue at 104 Southwest A Street in downtown Bentonville. Fayetteville’s Dickson Street Pub will be the location of a show from 7 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 12. The bar is located at 303 W. Dickson St.

XNA Puts Up its Best Year; Boards 725K Passengers

The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport broke its record for the number of passengers boarding flights for the fourth year in a row.

The airport announced its record enplanements on Tuesday, saying 2017 saw 725,284 passengers depart from XNA. That was a 3.7 percent increase over 2016, and it was the first time the airport eclipsed 700,000.

Forecast: Northwest Arkansas Economy Should Continue Solid Performance

Northwest Arkansas’ steady economic performance in 2017 should continue this year “so long as the national economy holds up,” a University of Arkansas economist predicts.

Mervin Jebaraj, the director of the University of Arkansas Center for Business and Economic Research, predicted the solid year at Business Forecast 2018, an annual luncheon organized by the center. The event’s keynote speaker was Michael Milken, chairman of the Milken Institute.

Our Top 10: Corporate, Arts Investments Led the Way in 2017

People in most regions would be ecstatic to pull off a year as good as 2017, but Northwest Arkansas is used to being exceptional.

Year 2017 had the added pressure of followed two impressive years. Year 2015 brought the opening of Scott Family Amazeum, major highway construction and the start of the Brightwater Culinary School. Year 2016 saw massive hospital expansions, record enrollment at the University of Arkansas and the finishing of a major Walton Arts Center expansion.

The fact is 2017 did just fine. Northwest Arkansas saw just as many projects get finished up as it did announcements of things to come, and it’s nice to have lots of both.

Finding NWA Provides Hub for All Things Northwest Arkansas

The Northwest Arkansas Council recently updated a portion of its Finding NWA website to pull together information about the region’s latest accolades, about key upcoming events, and about success stories of the region’s companies, nonprofits, cities and residents.