Walton brothers talk ‘Summit’ takeaways

Steuart Walton was one of the dozens of speakers who participated in the invitation-only Heartland Summit in Bentonville on May 11-12. More than 300 people attended the flagship event of Bentonville think tank Heartland Forward, spearheaded by Walton family members and led by CEO Ross DeVol.

Walton, aviation entrepreneur Cyrus Sigari and Walmart executive Tom Ward had an hour-long panel discussion at the Bentonville Municipal Airport titled “Jet Packs, Drones and Flying Cars.”

“The title is a lot sexier than a lot of the activity today might indicate,” Walton joked. “But to be fair, people are flying around in what is, essentially, a George Jetson-looking flying car. A guy is flying around in jet packs — two on his feet and one on each arm. That stuff is happening. What is interesting is seeing the technology grow and develop and then become widely commercially available. Where Northwest Arkansas can become a player is thinking about scale. This region is really good at scaling [companies] up.” Read MORE.

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Thaden Field internationally recognized for Women of Aviation Week efforts
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Thaden Field was awarded the “Most Acclaimed Organizer Worldwide Award” by the Institute for Women of Aviation Worldwide in recognition of their Women of Aviation Week events last month.

Runway Group Co-Founder Tom Walton to be New CEO
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Runway Group Chief Executive Officer Chris Seay will retire as CEO effective at the end of March, the company has announced. Runway co-founder Tom Walton will step into the role as CEO.  Seay has served as CEO since October of 2021, having previously served as Chief Operating Officer for the…
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Blue Crane ventures into Bella Vista with $33.9M acquisition that includes Sugar Creek Center
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Bentonville real estate developer Blue Crane completed a real estate acquisition for approximately 54 acres in Bella Vista in three separate deals totaling $33.9 million, laying the groundwork for future developments. The property acquired lies east of U.S. Highway 71 Business and includes the 9.5-acre, 48,000-square-foot Sugar Creek Shopping Center,…
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Ozarks at Large: Bentonville’s Thaden Field, Fly OZ Club observe Women in Aviation Week
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Desi Eddy and MK McKinley from Thaden Field talked with KUAF 91.3 Public Radio about the Women of Aviation Week hangar party taking place Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the exhibit hangar. Attendees can enjoy snacks and refreshments, race pedal planes, draw in the chalk art area,…
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Bentonville named Top-10 in Southern Living’s ‘The South’s Best Cities on the Rise’
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"Often referred to as 'the town that Walmart built,' this Arkansas hotspot is riding a strong and rising tide. It has become a veritable cultural center, with museums like the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Momentary. An expanding culinary landscape has fostered buzzy ONYX Coffee Lab and…
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Vernon Named to “50 Over 50” List
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Gary Vernon II, Runway Group's Director of Outdoor Recreation and Trail Innovation, was named to Arkansas Money & Politics' “50 Over 50” list.

Coalition of Hip Hideaways Launches to Advance Thoughtful Growth Across Country
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Northwest Arkansas, Colorado Springs, Greater Chattanooga and Missoula today launched the Coalition of Hip Hideaways, a collective of distinct, likeminded communities across the country that are collaborating to accelerate thoughtful growth in all forms. This coalition represents a significant milestone, developed by the Northwest Arkansas Council, and builds on the…
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5 Locations With the Best Quality of Life for First-Time Homebuyers
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Buyers in Bentonville will have plenty of affordable homes to choose from. Inventory levels are high in the area and the median listing price is well below the national level, according to Hannah Jones, senior economic research analyst for Realtor.com. “It’s home to the Walmart headquarters which means that job…
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Pea Ridge Ramble Brings 300 Gravel Cyclists Together
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Approximately 300 gravel cyclists showed out in force on Sunday, Jan. 7, for the Arkansas R3 Pea Ridge Ramble Ride. Riders completed a 30- or 36-mile route, which stopped at the Pea Ridge R3 hub, as well as Pea Ridge City Hall. Mayor Nathan See met gravel cyclists and talked…
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Blue Crane gets green light for 160-acre cycling haven in Bentonville
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On Dec. 5, Bentonville city planners granted a conditional use permit to Bentonville developer Blue Crane for its “Bentonville Cycling Center” project. The outdoor recreation facility is proposed for approximately 160 acres. The land is north of Interstate 49, west of Slaughter Pen Road and south of Ford Springs Road.