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 and thought leaders and entrepreneurs from across the country who are in Bentonville this week for the Heartland Summit.
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.
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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 acres of forest-enclosed green land, just six minutes from downtown Bentonville. Tickets will go on sale Friday.
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 not only attracts visitors, it also attracts smart, talented new residents.
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.
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.