NWA Outdoors Stores a Bright Spot for the Local Economy

January 21, 2021

Development

Big Changes Coming to Springdale's Ball Park District

On Dec. 5, Springdale's Planning Commission announced plans to build two multifamily housing projects, and two major medical facilities have opened in the district. -Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

  • After Arvest Ballpark was built in 2008, the area was left generally undeveloped. Today, office buildings for Arkansas Children's Northwest are under construction, along with an office park for Highlands Oncology Group and a multistory office for Blue Cross Blue Shield.
  • Marshall Saviers with Sage Partners said this is the time for the district to shine. "This district has cemented itself as the medical hub of Northwest Arkansas." -Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Philip Taldo, a local developer, is planning a high-density, multifamily community for the district, comprised of 700 units.
  • To date, the city has spent almost $100 million on infrastructure in the district, said Perry Webb, retired President of the Springdale Chamber of Commerce.

Community

Fayetteville Police Department Partners with U of A to Create Internship Program

NWA Daily

The Fayetteville Police Department has announced it is partnering with the University of Arkansas School of Social Work to provide an internship for students in the masters program.

  • The goal of this partnership is to reduce the criminalization of people who suffer from substance abuse, homelessness and mental health issues. -5 News
  • Additionally, FPD will be able to identify crime victims and provide resources for counseling and recovery.
  • The FPD is hoping to establish a relationship with the community and looking to collect data on how effective the program is.
  • The U of A School of Social Work prides itself on its goal of working with vulnerable people and creating social change.

Outdoors

Outdoor Recreation Industry Explodes Amid Pandemic

NWA Daily

Stuck inside? Getting outdoors is a safe and fun way to keep yourself sane in the midst of lockdowns and quarantines. However, as more are heading outside, the outdoor industry is struggling to keep pace with the demand for recreational equipment.

  • Chally Sims, owner of Pack Rat Outdoor Center in Fayetteville, said she's never seen such a high demand for kayaks. "I'm willing to bet a lot of people learned a lot about the state they live in, just this year," Sims said.
  • As retail boomed, outdoor service providers that coordinate excursions or guided tours, were forced to be creative as new social distancing measures and precautions were put into place. Businesses like Ozark Adventure and Recreation finally began to see a spike in sales by the summer months after a slow start to the season. -KUAF
  • Listen to the full story on KUAF.

Business

NWA Spotlighted in Revolution's 2021 Ecosystem Playbook

According to Revolution's 2021 Ecosystem Playbook, Northwest Arkansas has become a leader in maintaining and adapting to the challenges sown by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The write up praises the NWA Council's coordinated COVID-19 response, which includes examples of three models: funding, navigation and founder support.
  • By taking inventory of its unique assets and working with hard-hit communities across the region, NWA has been able to adapt programs for virtual engagement, making way for an even better tomorrow.
  • Jeanette Balleza Collins, Director of Entrepreneurial Development with the NWA Council, says the Council's goal has always been a people-first response and recovery. In wake of the pandemic, the Council helped establish a Small Business
    Emergency Assistance program and secured over $15 million in CARES Act programs.
  • Check out the full 2021 Playbook HERE.

Sports

Razorback Baseball Scheduled to Host 33(!) Games at Baum Stadium

Razorback Baseball is set to begin its 19th season on Feb. 19 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, under the leadership of head coach Dave Van Horn. However, the home opener will be on Feb. 25 against Southeast Missouri State in a four-game series. -KNWA/Fox 24

  • The Hog's first official road series of the season will be against Louisiana Tech in Ruston on March 12-14.
  • Mark your calendars, for the very first time in history, UCA and the Razorbacks will face off on March 30. Additionally, the Hogs are set to battle with Arkansas State for the first time ever on May 11.
  • Check out the full 2021 season schedule HERE.

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