Ethnic and racial diversity in Northwest Arkansas will continue its steady increase over the next five years, demonstrating that the region must embrace the long-term transition to continue its stellar economic performance.
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.