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.
“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 welcomed and feel like they belong? We want everyone here to feel this is a place where everyone belongs. That is my story.”
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.
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 bicycle retail industry. Over the course of a year, students will learn a wealth of new skills, including extensive bicycle repair and service work, bicycle assembly, service department management and business.
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.
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.