Leveling Up

July 20, 2021

Sports

Who to Watch

NWA Daily

With the Tokyo Olympics beginning this Friday, countries from around the world are bringing their best, and for many that includes current and former Arkansas Razorback athletes.

  • How it started: Multiple Razorbacks competed in the US Olympic Trials. 14 current or former Arkansas Athletes made the cut and will be traveling to Tokyo to compete on the world stage, 10 of which will be competing Track & Field events.
  • Calling the hogs: If you see a familiar face representing countries like South Africa, Slovenia, and Mexico, don't hesitate to call the hogs for the accomplishments of our athletes.

Find out more about the Arkansas athletes competing in Tokyo HERE.

Events

A New Setlist

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Today, Mount Sequoyah is welcoming the first performance of the 'Chamber Music on the Mountain' Festival.

  • Setting the stage: The new festival features "a variety of music-related events" hosted at multiple venues in the area. The festival will include open rehearsals, guest speakers, and classical concerts, many of which are free to attend.
  • The headliners: Today's debut event is an open rehearsal, followed by a family-friendly performance from a Native American storyteller at the Fayetteville Public Library on Wednesday.

You can find a schedule of festival events and more about what else the festival includes HERE.

Sponsored by Northwest Health

Round of Applause

Northwest Health

Not sure anyone has worked harder over the past year than the healthcare industry. Keeping NWA in good health is not always easy, but can certainly be rewarding.

  • In good hands: Northwest Health recently released its 2020 Community Report, quantifying just how much good was done last year.
  • Proof in the numbers: With 5 hospital locations and over 750 employees in the region, NW Health saw over 450k patients, provided $115mm worth of charity and uncompensated care and paid $11mm in taxes that support critical infrastructure in 2020.
  • Quote: "We care deeply about our community and remain steadfast in our commitment to deliver safe, quality healthcare services."

You can find the the full 2020 Community Report HERE.

Business

Clearing the Air

NWA Daily

Coming out of 2020, J.B. Hunt is looking clean. The company published its 2020 Sustainability Report on Friday.

  • The highlight reel: The 2020 Report shed light on environmental, social, and governance goals. The transportation company cut 3.5mm metric tons of emissions, partly due to reductions in empty miles.
  • Good thinking: J.B. Hunt plans to break ground on a pair of solar arrays in 2022, which will have the potential to meet over 80% of their headquarter's energy needs. Looking beyond 2022, the company will continue to cut emissions and implement alternative energy into transportation processes.

You can learn more about J.B. Hunt's sustainability efforts HERE.

Community

Raising the Bar

A new organization is bringing educational and financial opportunities to Northwest Arkansas. Upskill NWA is focused on expanding the local workforce and paving a way to "higher wage jobs for lower income families."

  • Getting started: The goal is to equip the nearly 150,000 person workforce making $50,000 or less for high-paying jobs in high demand. The initial roll out phase will focus on the healthcare sector with its first group of 100 students in Jan 2022.
  • Quote: "Building an inclusive community means everyone who calls Northwest Arkansas home benefits from the successes and opportunities the region has to offer."

Find out more about Upskill NWA's origin, potential, and roll out plans HERE.

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