Development and Management

Outdoor and Recreation Investment


New Ventures and Investments

Runway is a holding company making investments in real estate, outdoor initiatives, hospitality, and businesses committed to moving Northwest Arkansas forward.

Steuart and Tom Walton began their work in Northwest Arkansas more than a decade ago. Since then, they’ve built a team of visionaries and investment professionals who are leading this region on a path to building a community we can all enjoy now and for generations to come.

Our Focus Areas

Property Development and Management

We invest in the bones of our communities to support healthy growth. Blue Crane is a real estate development services company with a focus on downtown redevelopment. The company has developed projects such as Climb Bentonville and 5th Street offices in downtown Bentonville. As a region, we share a common culture; as cities, we share our individual identities.

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Outdoor and Recreation Investment

We connect our communities through nature. Runway Group is focused on investing and developing Northwest Arkansas as a global destination for cycling. Our commitment includes investments in a robust trail system, and cycling infrastructure. In addition to these direct-to-consumer properties, Runway is committed to the outdoors through investments in our trail systems, parks & green spaces. We have invested in projects (both individually and in partnerships) like Coler Mountain Bike Preserve, Monument Trails, Kessler Mountain, OZ Trails, Osage Park, and much more.

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We believe that hospitality, when done well, can be a transformative force in a community. Ropeswing Hospitality is committed to accelerating regional food as well as the people involved in the farm-to-table process: our producers, our staff, our guests. Development focuses on reviving historical landscapes in Northwest Arkansas into modern culinary and entertainment options.  We currently operate Pressroom, The Preacher’s Son, Undercroft, Record event space, The Holler, Co-op, and LOUISE at Thaden.

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New Ventures and Investments

We bring Arkansas capital to solve the world’s problems. RZC is a Bentonville, Arkansas, based multi-strategy investment firm focused on deploying capital into operating businesses. RZC’s unique and stable capital base affords the flexibility to participate in venture capital, growth equity or buy-out opportunities via equity check sizes ranging from $3mm to $200mm. While broad-based in focus, there are certain industries that we more closely align with including consumer, outdoor & recreation (with brands like Allied Cycle Works and Rapha), B2B services, healthcare, and industrial and financial technologies.

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News And Media

  • We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy (July 2)

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    In a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a rare, original print of the US Constitution (one of only eleven known in the world) is going on view at Crystal Bridges in We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy. In this free exhibition, the document is displayed in conversation with works of art…Read More

  • NWA is ready for takeoff

    Northwest Arkansas has the potential to be a leader in aviation, but creating a culture to support the industry is a slow process, Steuart Walton told Axios. Driving the news: UP.Partners, Steuart and Tom Walton, and Ross Perot Jr. hosted UP.Summit in Bentonville this week, an event that draws established…Read More

  • Bentonville gets star role as setting for UP.Summit conference


    “How long is it until all of us can get up in one of these things? I think it might be a little while,” Steuart Walton said of the new technologies on display at UP.Summit. “But this is about a long-term vision.” The goal of holding the summit in Bentonville…Read More

  • Walton brothers talk ‘Summit’ takeaways

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    Steuart Walton was one of the dozens of speakers who participated in the invitation-only Heartland Summit in Bentonville on May 11-12. More than 300 people attended the flagship event of Bentonville think tank Heartland Forward, spearheaded by Walton family members and led by CEO Ross DeVol.

  • Walton-backed Heartland Summit convenes before ‘powerful room’ in Bentonville

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    Inside the downtown Bentonville event venue Record on Wednesday night (May 11), famed singer/songwriter and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams perhaps summed it best.“This is a very powerful room,” Williams said. “There’s a lot of energy in here tonight.”Williams made the comments before a high-level crowd of approximately 300 policymakers, investors, business…Read More

  • Heartland Summit kicks off with community events in Bentonville

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    Bentonville think tank Heartland Forward’s flagship event kicks off next week. The two-day Heartland Summit (May 11-12) is invitation-only, but organizers also plan two community events to bring the conversations to the broader public.

  • Crystal Bridges Museum, and a town’s resurgence

    More than six million people have visited the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art since it opened in 2011. Alice Walton's beautiful oasis has transformed the once-sleepy town of Bentonville, Arkansas, into a thriving artists' community. Watch her and Crystal Bridges Chairperson Olivia Walton as they share their perspective on…Read More

  • Plug and Play Launches $25.5M Supply Chain Fund

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    Plug and Play's Supply Chain Innovation Platform is excited to announce the closing of Plug and Play Supply Chain Fund I, L.P., a $25.5 million venture capital fund focusing on investments across the end-to-end supply chain. The Plug and Play Supply Chain Fund will focus on investing in Series A-C…Read More

  • Sections Sign in Subscribe New Northwest Arkansas music festival to host more than 50 artists including Beach House, The Flaming Lips

    A new festival is coming to Northwest Arkansas courtesy of a partnership among OZ Brands, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Momentary. FORMAT -- "For Music + Art + Technology" -- is planned to take place Sept. 23-25 on the private Sugar Creek Airstrip, a place with 250…Read More

  • Is Bentonville, Ark., the next great restaurant town?

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    Certain cities always lead the conversation when discussing the best restaurant markets in America. New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago are mainstays, and Portland, Ore., Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New Orleans and Houston are also ubiquitous. But in recent years, smaller cities have begun to open and operate some…Read More

  • Arkansas Stakes Claim to be a Global Leader in Next Gen Transportation by 2030


    Arkansas entrepreneurs are making a bold claim to be a global giant in next generation transportation, including flying cars, driverless vehicles, and drones. This claim follows Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson’s recent announcement to create the Arkansas Council on Future Mobility, an advisory board committed to attracting businesses, startups, innovators, and…Read More

  • A Cycling Super Bowl Rolls into Razorback Country

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    Tom Walton says the organizers thought “landing an event like this would set us up for what we want to become in the future: A place that holds world-class bike races across all disciplines.” Walton thinks Fayetteville is ready. “I feel good about the amount of cowbells,” Walton says.

  • OPINION | REX NELSON: Arkansas’ new era

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    Rather than describing us as "the next Austin," the Walton brothers painted a picture of a place that's to middle America what Colorado is to the American West--a less crowded state that offers abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, an emphasis on the arts and fine, reasonably priced cuisine. Such a lifestyle…Read More

  • Growing Washington kayak maker eyes NWA for distribution center

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    Recreational kayak manufacturer Eddyline Kayaks has picked up a minority growth investment from Bentonville investment firm RZC Investments. The investment will support various growth initiatives, including the company’s plans to set up a physical presence in Northwest Arkansas.

  • Incentive programs across the country are enticing workers to relocate

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    Small towns, big towns, regions and even entire states have launched programs to motivate those like Anela and Ahmed Zuhairy, who moved to Northwest Arkansas to take advantage of the new perks.

  • Life imitates art for new Crystal Bridges board chair Olivia Walton

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    Olivia Walton is also enthusiastic about Northwest Arkansas’ place in the national arts conversation. “I think we’re on the map; I think Bentonville is up there with Marfa,” she said, referencing the small west Texas town that’s known as an arts hub. “Whenever I’m on the coasts, people know of…Read More

  • Part one of interview with Steuart Walton, focusing on Bentonville’s past

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    Don't miss part one of an interview with Steuart Walton, focusing on Bentonville's past. We'll reminisce about unique experiences growing up in Bentonville, hear Steuart's favorite memory of his grandfather, and discuss why the sense of community has been (and continues to be) so strong in our city.

  • The Next Austin? How About Arkansas. Seriously.


    Ambitious young college graduates are looking for an affordable home base where they can build their families and careers. Here’s a place that may not (yet) be on their list: Arkansas. For the past decade, coastal metros like New York and San Francisco dominated the landscape for the upwardly mobile,…Read More

  • New Crystal Bridges board chair Olivia Walton is on a mission to expand the definition of art

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    Olivia Walton, the new board chair for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, is full of hints of what’s to come. Named in mid-November to the post, she takes over for museum founder Alice Walton in that role. Olivia Walton, a former technology reporter for Bloomberg and NBC, is…Read More

  • Familiar Territory – The Preacher’s Son

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    Downtown Bentonville is filled with a bunch of great dining options. When we were researching our upcoming visit, one name piqued our interest. Being a minister’s son, the premise behind The Preacher’s Son sounded intriguing. Working with Visit Bentonville, we were able to make our visit a reality. When the…Read More

  • The Most Underrated Travel Destinations In The U.S.


    Bentonville is probably most famous for being the birthplace of Walmart, but the growing Arkansas city offers more than just big-box history. Museum fans can check out the Museum of Native American History, as well as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and its satellite, the Momentary. There are…Read More

  • Tom Walton Statement on the Selection of Katherine Andrews to Lead Outdoor Recreation Office

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    "I believe that with today’s announcement about the selection of Katherine Andrews to lead the new Outdoor Recreation office with a dedicated team, we will make Arkansas a formidable competitor in tourism, talent and industry recruitment, and of course, outdoor experiences that rival the best in the nation." ~ Tom…Read More

  • Patriot Software secures Series-A Funding with RZC Investments


    Patriot Software Company, a leading accounting software and payroll software provider, announced that it has raised an undisclosed amount in Series-A funding, led by RZC Investments. Located in Bentonville, Arkansas, RZC Investments is a multi-strategy investment firm focused on deploying capital into operating businesses.

  • Willowbrook wins Bentonville school biking initiative


    Willowbrook Elementary School won the top prize in a bike contest to promote student health and to better understand school infrastructure needs, according to campaign organizers. Runway Group will donate more than $40,000 to Bentonville schools in response to the students' cycling efforts, said Krista Cupp, Runway's communications director. Steuart…Read More

  • Walton Family Foundation bringing more than 6,600 trees to Northwest Arkansas


    The Walton Family Foundation is providing more than $1.3 million to plant 1,239 new trees in Northwest Arkansas and give away 5,375 trees to local residents. The move is an effort to “increase and diversify the region’s tree canopy” and comes at the recommendation of Steuart Walton, according to a…Read More

  • Rapha headed to Bentonville, Arkansas, to open pop-up retail store


    Rapha brings its pop-up retail store to this growing cycling destination in Northwest Arkansas for a five-week run, featuring apparel, group rides, and events. The company moved its headquarters to Bentonville last year. Beginning Oct. 1, the cycling apparel brand will open its Clubhouse at 117 W. Central Ave. in…Read More

  • Website ranks Northwest Arkansas public high schools best in the state


    A website that ranks and reviews schools across the country has named Haas Hall, Bentonville West and Bentonville High as the best public high schools in Arkansas.

  • Bentonville bike initiative to help identify school infrastructure needs


    The Walton Family Foundation studies show cycling was responsible for $137 million in benefits brought to Northwest Arkansas in 2017, according to the 2018 Economic and Health Benefits of Bicycling in Northwest Arkansas. That figure includes $51 million in economic activity and $86 million in health benefits. The foundation has…Read More

  • Lourdes Peredo Honored as ’20 in Their 20s’

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    “I want to be able to help make this community of northwest Arkansas the best place to live in the U.S. for everyone who is here right now, but also those who will move here in the future,” Peredo said. “What does someone new to the area need to feel…Read More

  • Fly Oz in Bentonville helping backcountry aviation become an increasingly important part of the state’s tourism profile

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    The backcountry aviation arm of Thaden Field’s offerings is called Fly Oz, directed by pilots Chip Gibbons and Steve Johnson. Runway Group created the initiative as an opportunity for pilots and non-pilots to connect to outdoor recreation opportunities through a network of grass airstrips tucked away in the state’s mostly…Read More

  • Bentonville Schools Compete for September Ride to School Prize

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    With hundreds of bicycles on school campuses this year, Bentonville Schools is launching a competition called Bike Bentonville Schools. The effort aims to encourage healthy lifestyles among students in the Mountain Biking Capital of the World™. The Bentonville school with the highest percentage of students riding bicycles to class between…Read More

  • Runway Group’s Krista Cupp earns Forty Under 40 recognition

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    Krista Cupp, communications director for Runway Group, was recognized on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, as a leadership professional and a member of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s 2021 Forty Under 40 class.

  • Alice Walton keeps up healthcare push with Cleveland Clinic partnership

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    Walmart heir and philanthropist Alice Walton and her foundation will partner with the Cleveland Clinic to improve specialty care access in Northwest Arkansas. The Alice L Walton Foundation announced on Monday (Aug. 16) that the two organizations will assess specialty care needs in the region and develop recommendations for healthcare…Read More

  • In Northwest Arkansas, You Can Go to College for Bikes

    This fall, students at NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) and Minneapolis Community & Technical College can study bikes. The Bicycle Assembly and Repair Technician Certificate program — being offered at both schools for the first time — is an accelerated, two-semester program designed to prepare students for employment in the…Read More

  • Allied Cycle Works puts Rogers on the map for bespoke bikes

    Allied Cycle Works in Rogers is part of an exclusive club of bike makers that's not only based in the U.S., but crafts frames from lightweight carbon fiber. The big picture: The vast majority of an estimated 15 million bikes sold in the U.S. each year are imported — mostly…Read More

  • Land of OZ: Exploring the secret joys of Bentonville and beyond

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    I’d heard buzz about the Bentonville aviation scene and decided to fly my Piper Super Cub out and spend a few days exploring. I taxied tentatively up to a Frank Lloyd Wright-looking FBO with a roundabout aircraft apron in front. Surrounded by more expensive and impressive pistons, turboprops, and jets,…Read More

  • OPINION | REX NELSON: A plan for Arkansas

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    The folks at Heartland Forward describe their organization as a "think and do tank" rather than just a think tank. Established with Walton money in 2019 to foster economic growth in the middle of the country, it focuses on innovation, human capital, entrepreneurship, and health and wellness.

  • Austin Travels: Where to go mountain biking when visiting Arkansas

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    Pam LeBlanc, one of the co-founders of Austin Travels, went to Bentonville, Arkansas to learn more about everything the area has to offer for mountain bikers.

  • NW Arkansas Ranked 4th Best Place to Live, Ahead of Austin


    Northwest Arkansas  has ranked as one of the top four places to live in the United States according to U.S. News and World Report. The region tallied a 7.3 overall score placing fourth in the country just ahead of Austin, Texas; and Colorado Springs, Colo.

  • Bentonville concert series a lift for Northwest Arkansas creative economy


    Northwest Arkansas' creative economy is getting a boost through the Momentary's Courtyard Sessions concert series following a year of venue closings and programming restrictions because of the covid-19 pandemic, coordinators say. The series began June 27 and features free, live music by Northwest Arkansas artists from 4:30-7 p.m. Sundays through…Read More

  • OPINION: A well-connected community

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    The brothers think Arkansas has a chance to be viewed as the "Colorado of middle America"--a place with abundant outdoor recreational and job opportunities, minus the high cost of living on the West Coast or East Coast.

  • Right On! Ride On! Bentonville beckons to bicycling enthusiasts

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    The name "Mountain Bike Capital of the World" isn't stolen, assures Belgian Trial Bike World Champion and professional mountain biker Kenny Belaey. "I have definitely ridden my bike in more, like, epic places. If you talk about landscapes, or maybe gnarly terrain, yes. But what makes Bentonville the MTB capital…Read More

  • Runway Group wins Gold Stevie Award

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    “We are working to take Northwest Arkansas to new heights by focusing on investments, businesses, and brands to drive this catalytic change in the region and in all of Arkansas,” said Runway CEO Chad Yoes. “Positive change comes by taking action and making an effort, and that is what we…Read More

  • Work from home trend brings more residents to Ozarks

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    Bentonville, Arkansas, business leaders are hoping the rise of working from home will help diversify their economy. FOX Business’ Connell McShane with more.

  • Bentonville Is a Mountain Biking Paradise – Texas Monthly

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    Unlike other popular mountain biking destinations, such as the mountains of Colorado or Utah or Whistler, the lower altitude here means less gasping and puffing. And everything’s easy to reach from downtown Bentonville, eliminating the need to load your bike into a car to reach a trailhead.  Read MORE.

  • History-Making Women in Northwest Arkansas

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    In celebration of Women's History Month and International Women's Day, we wanted to highlight amazing history-making women who are from or live in Northwest Arkansas. We are proud to carry on their legacies, keep reading to learn more about each of them. Thank you to Arkansas Women's History Institute for…Read More

  • GameBird Featured in Sport Aviation Magazine

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    “The GameBird is one of the most enjoyable airplanes you could fly,” Steuart [Walton] said. “It accelerates on takeoff like a jet, quite frankly. It’s more maneuverable than any plane I’ve ever flown.”

  • 10 reasons to head to Bentonville, Arkansas – Art, Food, Beer, MTB, Gravel & more!

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    If you’re a cyclist, few cities anywhere have the resources that Bentonville does. With 150+ miles of greenway and bike path, 340+ miles of mountain bike trails, and an entire infrastructure seemingly built around the bicycle, it’s hard to imagine somewhere better.

  • Experience Fayetteville to present 2021 OZ Trails US Pro Cup


    This spring, Fayetteville, Arkansas, will host a new event, the OZ Trails™ US Pro Cup, as part of the 2021 U.S. Cup Mountain Bike Series. The event will be held over two weekends, April 9-11 and April 16-18, at Centennial Park at Millsap Mountain in Fayetteville, home of the Union…Read More

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    Common, the leading real estate brand and tech-driven operating platform, has chosen the finalists for the Remote Work Hub, a Request For Proposals (RFP) to design and build a first-of-its-kind development for a distributed workforce. The five finalists represent five different unique visions and categories of emerging cities that are…Read More

  • Rapha boosted by ‘third cycling boom’ during pandemic

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    Rapha was boosted by ‘third cycling boom’ during pandemic. Tom and Steuart Walton bought a majority stake in Rapha in 2017.

  • Outdoors Is In: From drinks to movies, al fresco was the answer


    On July 1, the city of Bentonville declared itself "Mountain Biking Capital of the World" and trademarked the title. It should have come as no surprise.

  • Northwest Arkansas Metro Region Ranked Among Most Dynamic in Heartland Forward Study

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    In Heartland Forward’s new “Most Dynamic Metropolitans 2020” rankings, the “Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Arkansas-Missouri” area cracked the top 20. This area was ranked at no. 17 among metro regions and was ranked third among medium metros.

  • Roadtrip! OZ Art ARkanvas mural experience is a new reason to tour the state

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    Once again, world-renowned artists have ventured to The Natural State, unleashing an explosion of creativity in the form of vibrant murals with positive messages. This time their creations were not limited to a specific city; the entire state became their ARkanvas. Twelve muralists embraced nine cities, crafting works of art…Read More

  • All Kids Bike and Celebrity Athletes Bring Bikes to Students in Bentonville

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    All Kids Bike, a nationwide movement of the Strider Education Foundation, is on a mission to teach every child in America how to ride a bicycle in kindergarten PE class. Marking the program’s second anniversary, an ALL STAR roster of celebrity athletes delivered bikes to kindergarten students at Sugar Creek…Read More

  • Unity theme of latest Pine Bluff mural, 1 of 12 public art works for state

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    Over the past three weeks, OZ Art professional artists have fanned out across Arkansas to bring everyday art and color to 12 separate landscapes. London-based artist Lakwena Maciver is working on the mural in Pine Bluff, with its message of "Unite."

  • Arkansas Gets Another Boost With Two New Trail Systems, Assisted by the Waltons

    Central Arkansas recently opened 13 miles of singletrack in the Monument Trail system at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, and another 15 miles of trails are under construction at Pinnacle Mountain and the River Mountain and Two Rivers Parks in Little Rock.

  • Plans announced for Walton Family Foundation-supported Osage Park in Bentonville

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    Details of a new urban recreational park in Bentonville were announced Wednesday (Oct. 16). Osage Park is described as an adventure-based outdoor destination for visitors of all ages, interests and abilities

  • Good Roads are Safe Roads Livestream Event

    The Arkansas Good Roads Foundation is launching a year-long campaign to raise awareness of roadway laws for cyclists & motorists alike, ensuring safer roads for everyone. To get things started, they hosted a livestream panel discussion for community leaders to learn more about their mission. You can watch the replay…Read More

  • UA receives $194.7M Walton grant to boost research; part of funding to support Bentonville ‘campus’

    The Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation says it will donate $194.7 million to the UA. The five-year grant will strengthen the university’s research initiatives and, among other things, support the construction of a new research facility. According to the UA, the donation is one of the most significant single private…Read More

  • Survey Results Help Guide Arkansas Economic Recovery Task Force

    The Runway Group commissioned a survey of 600 Arkansans (PDF download) to assist the Arkansas Economic Recovery Task Force to better understand issues associated with the economic recovery and how to focus their ongoing work. The results of the survey were shared with the Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s administration and have…Read More

  • Bentonville stakeholders say city is mountain biking capital of the world

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    Bentonville, Arkansas, has quickly put itself on the map as a mountain bike destination, but an announcement on Wednesday by area stakeholders gave the northwest Arkansas destination a new designation: the mountain bike capital of the world.

  • New Features at Coler Mountain Bike Preserve Nearing Completion

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    The final construction on a variety of new amenities visitors can enjoy at Coler Mountain Bike Preserve is nearing completion.

  • Bentonville Crowns Itself Mountain Biking Capital of the World™

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    Bentonville has approximately 130 miles of singletrack connected to downtown Bentonville, with access to more than 250 miles of unrivaled regional trails in a network that sits at the heart of the state’s OZ Trails system. Hospitality opportunities abound – whether it be award-winning restaurants, a vibrant coffee scene, or…Read More

  • Bentonville, Arkansas Leaders Stake Claim as Mountain Biking Capital of the World™

    Decades-Long Effort on Mountain Biking Brings City Officials and Leaders together to make a Worldwide Announcement Bentonville, Ark. (July 1, 2020) – Bentonville leaders have staked their city’s claim as Mountain Biking Capital of the World™. “It’s true that Bentonville has become the new Mountain Biking Capital of the World™,”…Read More

  • ‘Arkansas: A United State’ Flyover

    Steuart Walton helped honor frontline heroes in the fight against Covid-19 by leading a fleet of World War II-era military aircraft on a statewide flyover last weekend. “Social distancing prohibits us from shaking the hands of people we want to honor, but this flyover allows to do so from above.”…Read More

  • Steuart Walton to chair Arkansas Economic Recovery Task Force

    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Saturday (April 18) announced that Steuart Walton of Bentonville will chair a newly established Arkansas Economic Recovery Task Force. “Arkansas businesses, leaders, and families have already taken extraordinary steps to come together during these past few weeks. With Governor Hutchinson’s leadership, we are united no…Read More

  • Northwest Arkansas is 13th fastest-growing U.S. metro over past decade

    Northwest Arkansas was the 13th fastest-growing metro area in the United States between 2010 and 2019 and the 24th fastest growing metro from 2018 to 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Among U.S. counties with at least 20,000 people, Benton County was the 40th fastest growing county between 2010…Read More

  • University of Arkansas & NWA Council Partner to Support Small Businesses and Non-Profits

    The University of Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center and the Northwest Arkansas Council are partnering on a Small Business Emergency Assistance program – an effort to support small businesses and nonprofits in the region impacted by the coronavirus. The program website is available here. “Given the current COVID-19…Read More

  • When this is over, Northwest Arkansas will be Ready for You

     Backcountry aviation is part of the magic Northwest Arkansas and the Ozarks have to offer. New adventure awaits.

  • Heartland Forward: Coronavirus Regional Economic Impacts and Policy Responses

    Heartland Forward analyzed the economic effects of the coronavirus on the Heartland & beyond. Initial indicators suggest the Heartland may be less hard-hit than other parts of the country. Full report here.

  • Online Resources for COVID-19 Information and Services in Northwest Arkansas

    Here is a list of important resources in our Northwest Arkansas communities. We will continue to update this list as we get more information. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Latest CDC Updates on COVID-19 Arkansas Department of Health Community Clinic announced it will open four testing and treatment…Read More

  • Millennials Find New Hope In The Heartland

    Today Heartland Forward released new research, “Millennials Find New Hope In The Heartland,” analyzing demographic trends in the center of the country. The research, led by Senior Fellow Joel Kotkin, finds the Heartland is attracting and retaining millennials at higher rates than in the past. Read MORE.

  • Global cycling brand Rapha moving North American HQ to Bentonville

    Northwest Arkansas’ growing reputation as a hub for cycling and mountain biking is adding a feather in its cap. London-based cycling company Rapha is moving its North American headquarters from Portland, Ore., to Bentonville. “Over the next few years the Rapha brand will evolve into new markets and we need…Read More

  • The Momentary: Top Museums to Look Forward to in 2020

    “Next on our list of top new museums is this contemporary art satellite space in Bentonville, affiliated with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The Momentary will officially open on 22 February 2020.” Read MORE.

  • An Arkansas Escape

    “Bentonville is definitely the place to go in Arkansas for an overnight trip or multiple days. It is perfect for a weekend getaway or weeklong excursion. With a state like ours, it is so much more convenient to take your vacation right here at home.” Read MORE at AY Magazine.

  • Lessons on How to Create a Cycling Culture in Northwest Arkansas

    Cycling has become a way of life in the Netherlands because it is easy, fast, fun, convenient and safe. Can the same things be said of cycling in Northwest Arkansas? Read MORE.

  • League of American Bicyclists Honors Runway Group with Platinum Status

    The League of American Bicyclists honored 103 organizations with new Bicycle Friendly Business awards and renewed or upgraded 50 others. Runway Group is honored to have been upgraded to “Platinum” status. This round of Bicycle Friendly Businesses also shows how communities are rallying around bicycling being good for businesses. Places…Read More

  • Rapha and EF Pro Cycling continue partnership in 2020

    Rapha announced a renewed partnership with EF Pro Cycling for 2020, not only making the team’s eye-popping pink and blue kit for the season but also highlighting some of the riders’ forays into the ‘alternative calendar’ in a series of videos dubbed “Alt Cal”. The company aims to highlight unique…Read More

  • The Momentary, Enhancing Bentonville’s Quality of Life

    The Momentary will continue Northwest Arkansas’s cultural journey through art, music, and food that unites the hobbies and interests of community members from various backgrounds and experiences. The artists and performers featured at the Momentary will also reflect the diverse complexity of the community and the nation. Read MORE.

  • Bentonville, Arkansas is Disneyland for Mountain Bikers

    Outside Magazine’s New York City–based bike columnist visited America’s most up-and-coming cycling destination and found it well deserving of the hype. Read MORE.

  • Bentonville, Arkansas Is Disneyland for Mountain Bikers

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    Everybody’s heard of places like Crested Butte, Moab, and Park City in the context of mountain-bike fantasylands, but increasingly, Bentonville, Arkansas, is emerging as a riding destination.

  • Bentonville-Based Airport Awarded Southwest Region Airport of the Year

    The Bentonville-based airport Louise M. Thaden Field has been awarded “Southwest Region Airport of the Year” by the Federal Aviation Administration. This award recognizes the airport for hard work and commitment toward safer runways, reducing back taxing and accommodating additional aircraft of all sorts. Read MORE.

  • Cycling’s Low-Key Wizards of Oz

    Walmart heirs Steuart and Tom Walton want to make Arkansas one of the world’s greatest cycling destinations. That’s just part of their plan. Read MORE.

  • NW Arkansas Closing in on Top 100, Census Shows

    Just four larger metropolitan areas in the U.S. are growing at a faster rate than Northwest Arkansas. The region’s 18.6 percent growth since the 2010 Census is one of the most telling statistics about the Fayetteville- Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan area. Read MORE.

  • Something Big is Coming to Downtown Springdale

    I think we can all agree that Downtown Springdale is having a moment, from a food/drink perspective.   Read MORE.

  • FAA awards Production Certificate for Gamebird

    Aircraft manufacturer Game Composites has received its Production Certificate from the FAA for the GB1 Gamebird. This marks the first time in 23 years a Production Certificate has been awarded to a general aviation manufacturer. The Production Certificate marks the last of many milestones for Game Composites in the journey…Read More

  • Thaden Field House Aims To Attract More Business To The Bentonville Municipal Airport

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    From Drake Field to Springdale, local airports compete for local flights. And with Bentonville being a business hub and one of the busiest non-towered airports in Arkansas, the city’s municipal airport is trying to attract even more business.

  • Bentonville’s Thaden Field to become ‘destination airport’

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    After 72 years of operation, city leaders and the aviation community have a new vision for Bentonville’s municipal airport, Louise M. Thaden Field, to become a destination airport for aviators and an added amenity for locals and tourists. Read MORE.