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 wondered if there would be enough opportunities in northwest Arkansas to keep them anchored. They’ve since learned the answer. They now think northwest Arkansas can be the best place to live in the country as long as it learns from mistakes made by other fast-growing areas.
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.”
“Given the way that we are developing, and the progress we are making, I see the growth as a positive thing. I fully acknowledge that there are challenges, but I think our region is prepared to handle those in a responsible way.” ~Steuart Walton
The Bentonville Library Foundation has announced Booked For the Evening with Steuart Walton. The event will be at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Tavola Trattoria, 108 S.E. A St. downtown. The topic is “Smart Growth and Avoiding Complacency.” Discussion will revolve around how the community is growing, opportunities and challenges about that growth and how to avoid becoming complacent in an ever-changing environment.