The city of Rogers is in the early stages of transitioning from a small NWA town to a big city, after growing by about 22% from 2010 to 2019, with its estimated population increasing from 56,109 to 68,669, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. -Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette
City director of community development, Dean McCurdy, says the city's goal is to attract and retain talented people to allow the city to continue to thrive and grow with a diversified economy, while allowing Rogers to maintain its character within the region.
The city's art and culture coordinator, Anna Watson, has been examining cultural case studies and collecting data from major hubs such as Austin, Texas, and Washington, DC.
Budget funds will allow $80,000 to be allocated towards the city to enter a consulting relationship with to Creative Arkansas Community Hub and Exchange, or CACHE
CACHE is focusing on two cities at a time through its cultural planning efforts. "We fully anticipate after Rogers, we'll really focus on Fayetteville," she said. "After Fayetteville, we'll see," says CACHE program director, Kelsey Howard.
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