Attracting the talent

Attracting the talent

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.

Walton brothers talk growth in Bentonville

Walton brothers talk growth in Bentonville

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.”

Steuart Walton to discuss smart growth in Bentonville on Sept. 15

Steuart Walton to discuss smart growth in Bentonville on Sept. 15

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.