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 poised to benefit from the sweeping popularity and necessity of remote work. Respondents from New Orleans, Bentonville, Ogden, Rocky Mount, and Rochester will move into the workshop phase to become Common’s first ever Remote Work Hub locations.

The Under the Radar Gem: Downtown Bentonville, Arkansas. Bentonville is an affordable midsize city on the rise, with strong leadership and local champions for economic opportunity. The proposal from local real estate trailblazers Blue Crane LLC is a multi-acre that will be master-planned to create a new destination in the city. Northwest Arkansas is home to multiple fortune 500 companies, world-class museums, the University of Arkansas, and well-loved trail systems. The region is economically strong and a great place for startups, entrepreneurship, and established companies alike. This paired with the region’s high quality of life makes Northwest Arkansas a strong choice for developers and investors. Bentonville has a thriving cycling community and was recently named Mountain Biking Capital of the World, where approximately 130 miles of single-track mountain biking trails connect to the city’s downtown. Daily life in Bentonville offers local art and culinary experiences, including performances, an expanding public art scene, restaurants, craft breweries, and more.

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  • Arkansas governor appoints husband to lead new outdoor recreation, tourism council

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    Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed an executive order establishing the Natural State Initiative and Natural State Advisory Council, for which Brian Sanders will serve as its chair. Gov. Sanders said the effort will be part of an emphasis in her administration to promote the state’s highly regarded parks, rivers…Read More

  • Game Composites offers job interviews for UA course completion

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    General aviation airplane manufacturer Game Composites in Bentonville is offering guaranteed job interviews to people who complete a course in aerospace composite manufacturing offered by the University of Arkansas Global Campus’ professional and workforce development division.

  • $8 million grant to get trails school going at NWACC

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    NorthWest Arkansas Community College has received an $8 million grant to establish a program that teaches bicycle trail building and maintenance. Goals of the school include producing a workforce of certified trail technicians, ensuring access to regional bicycle trails and promoting responsible environmental practices. The three-year, $8 million grant comes…Read More

  • U.S. National Mountain Bike Team Training for Olympic Gold in Bentonville

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    The U.S. National Mountain Bike Team will utilize Bentonville and Northwest Arkansas’ network of trails and gravel for endurance fitness camps as well as skills-development camps leading into the World Cup racing season. In addition to National Team camps, USA Cycling will also host mountain bike and road Junior Talent…Read More

  • Recreation economy highlighted at Axios NWA event

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    More than 200 people gathered at the Record in Bentonville last Thursday for an Axios event focused on the recreation economy in the Natural State. At the event, Tom Walton, co-founder of holding company Runway Group, alluded to an announcement related to gravel cycling. What's happening: Runway will on Monday…Read More

  • Attracting the talent

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    The Walton brothers appeared last month on a panel with AOL co-founder Steve Case during Gov. Asa Hutchinson's policy forum known as the America Leads summit. The event, held in Bentonville, attracted politicians, business leaders and policy wonks from across the country. As recently as five years ago, the brothers…Read More

  • Walton brothers talk growth in Bentonville

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    As Downtown Bentonville Inc. celebrates its 20th anniversary, some local business leaders talk about Bentonville’s rapid growth. The Walton brothers called the downtown environment in local cities “the beating heart of Northwest Arkansas.”

  • With RZC investment, Loloft planning new location in Rogers

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    Bentonville-based RZC Investments, the investment platform for Steuart and Tom Walton, grandsons of Walmart founder Sam Walton, has invested an undisclosed amount in commercial real estate startup Loloft in Rogers. Loloft is an acronym for “Local Logistics, Flexible Terms.” The business model operates similarly to a regular co-working concept but…Read More

  • Waltons say investing in Northwest Arkansas is a ‘long-term game’

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    “We want Bentonville to compete in the global arena, and we had to look at our best pitch. … Here, it is logistics and supply chain. We then had to try to perfect that. We also looked at what makes us unique, our natural amenities, and we have invested in…Read More

  • Looking for an escape? Northwest Arkansas is a hidden Southern gem

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    Whether you’re an avid hiker, biker, climber or trail enthusiast, museum lover or foodie, there’s something to satisfy you in Northwest Arkansas.