Center for Economic Development

Recruiting new business, retaining and expanding existing business and promoting the Bentonville area as a premiere destination to live and do business in all fall under the economic development umbrella. As one of the fastest growing cities in the country, anchored by Fortune 1, the world’s largest retailer, and with more than 400 of the Fortune 500 companies represented, Bentonville provides a growing economy that continues to bloom even when other parts of the country are subjected to the periodic ups and downs caused by cyclical market forces and external variables.

Vice President Economic Development

“Purposeful economic development, including business attraction, creation, and retention are crucial elements for fueling Bentonville’s 21st-century economy. We are home to the world’s largest retailer, which is why 1,400 vendors have corporate offices in Northwest Arkansas. It’s also why 400 of the Fortune 500 have a presence here. Bentonville is a town where modern progress intersects with rich history, art meets innovation and business elegantly interconnects with life. It’s no wonder we’ve attracted a young, highly educated workforce to become one of America’s fastest-growing cities. Growing businesses, start-ups, entrepreneurs, and remote workers are flocking here because Bentonville means business, and life works here.”

James Bell

Vice President, Economic Development

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