Welcome to Bentonville
Located in scenic Northwest Arkansas, our city has become a prime destination for the entire business world with a population of more than 50,000. We are proud of the fact that we are home to the world’s largest retailer – Walmart! Now, more than 1,200 Walmart suppliers call Northwest Arkansas home.
Northwest Arkansas is one of the nations most dynamic economic regions, home to longtime industry giants Walmart Stores, Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt Transport Services. Now, with leisure and entrepreneurial sectors taking flight, Northwest Arkansas is projected to have the nations third fastest-growing economy through 2020, behind only behind Austin, Texas, and Raleigh, N.C.
With a critical business mass and world-class job talent, our region of more than a half a million people continues to earn top marks for economic opportunity, affordability and growth. In 2016, Forbes ranked Northwest Arkansas the third best medium-sized city in the nation for white collar job growth, while Fast
Company ranked the region at No. 2 in the nation for supporting minority owned businesses. At the forefront of the acclaim, the cities of Bentonville and Bella Vista are attracting business and industry thanks to quality of life, a growing leisure and tourism sector and an educated, ready workforce.
Bentonville boasts a park system consisting of more than 950 acres with 23 parks and more than 50 miles of trails. A 2.5 mile shared-use trail now connects recreational enthusiasts to the 36 mile Northwest Arkansas Razorback Regional Greenway, which links residents to many popular destinations in five major cities. In 2015, the city opened the doors to a 83,000 square foot Community Recreation Center that provides a leisure and competitive pool, fitness center, track, community rooms, multi-purpose athletic fields, amphitheater and more.
Bentonville’s school system has been widely recognized for excellence and has established itself as a leader within the State of Arkansas. Recently, Bentonville High School was named by the Department of Education as a “No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School.” This is one of the most coveted education awards in the country.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened on November 11, 2011. World renowned architect, Moshe Safdie, designed this spectacularly modern museum. His creation uniquely integrates nature and art with sublime architecture and conservation of the natural environment. Crystal Bridges, with its 217,000 square feet of galleries, meeting and classroom space, library, sculpture garden and gathering place for up to 300 people, will be an esteemed landmark for decades to come.
We are especially fond of our Downtown Square, which is surrounded by locally-owned small businesses and the newly restored Walmart Museum. The Downtown Square plays host to the Bentonville Farmer’s Market, First Fridays, Art Walk and many other events held throughout the year; making it the place for families, friends and visitors to gather. Adding to the liveliness of the downtown area are several new outdoor food venues, 21c Museum Hotel, Friday night flicks, an ice-skating/splash park at Lawrence Plaza and the summer concert series at Orchards Park. Best of all, you can walk or ride your bike the short distance from the Square to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The city’s Downtown Activity Center offers bicycle rentals to all who would like to experience riding along our trails and downtown area.
We are a town that not only welcomes you, but we invite you and your family to join us in building Bentonville.
City of Bentonville – www.bentonvillear.com
Downtown Bentonville Inc. – http://www.downtownbentonville.org/
Visit Bentonville – www.visitbentonville.com
Welcome to Bella Vista
The young City of Bella Vista incorporated in 2007 and is an ideal, affordable Northwest Arkansas residential destination. The demographics of Bella Vista have shifted dramatically in recent years, and many corporate professionals and young families call Bella Vista home. The city boasts safe neighborhoods and natural beauty, as an outdoor recreation enthusiast’s paradise, including The Back 40 world-class multi-use trails, seven golf courses, seven lakes and a marina, and more.
Bella Vista was recently ranked one of America’s Top 10 Best Healthy Places to Retire by U.S. News & World Report and one of the Top 25 best places for affordable homes by CNNMoney.com and Money Magazine. It was also recently named the third safest city in the state by the annual SafeWise report.
Our city welcomes your business, and strives to uphold a business-friendly esteem. With a population ready to eclipse 30,000, there is an ever growing demand for commercial goods and services that are conveniently accessible to residents. Businesses will find a ready and welcoming customer base for their products and services.
Formerly, the city operated as a village in the hands of the Bella Vista Village Property Owner’s Association, after its foundation as a resort destination. The original vacation spot was spearheaded by the Linebarger brothers, and included the first golf course built in 1920. Ten years later, the appeal continued with unique additions such as the Wonderland Underground Nightclub, the world’s largest night club constructed underground in a natural cave.
In 1964, the property was sold to John A. Cooper, Sr. of Cooper Industries, Inc. Cooper saw a trend of people were retiring earlier with more income and the desire for good living and recreational facilities, and used the land and amenities for various functions for his retirement project, Bella Vista Village.
Over the first 40 years, Cooper Industries, Inc. sold 37,060 lots or home sites and built hundreds of homes. The Village operated a fire department and satellite office of the Benton County Sheriff’s Department for years, until the 2007 incorporation. Today, the full-fledged city provides police and fire protection to its residents and businesses, maintains streets, and operates a public library and the public Back 40 trails. The POA remains, and operates many of the other amenities.
We encourage you to discover all that Bella Vista has to offer.
City of Bella Vista – http://www.bellavistaar.gov/
Bella Vista POA – http://bellavistapoa.com/
Bella Vista Business Association – http://www.bellavistabusiness.com/
National accolades Northwest Arkansas has recently received:
- Bentonville was ranked in the top 10 Best Places to Visit in 2016 by Lonely Planet
- Bentonville was ranked in the top 10 Cities for Families in 2015 by Livability.com
- Bentonville was the recipient of the 2009-2016 Volunteer Community of the Year Award.
- Bella Vista ranked #2 and Bentonville #7 in the state of Arkansas “Safest Cities to Live” by Safe Choice Security in 2014.
- Benton County, Arkansas was ranked #2 in the “Study: Best Counties to Work in 2014” by CreditDonkey.com.
- Bentonville’s 21c Museum Hotel was named to the top 10 Hottest New Hotels in the World by TripAdvisor.
- Forbes magazine placed Northwest Arkansas (No. 28) and Central Arkansas (No.32) near the top of 200 metropolitan statistical areas as “Best Places for Business and Careers” in 2013.
- Bentonville High ranked third-best in the state and No. 580 in the nation on U.S. News & World Report’s most recent ranking of high schools.
- Bentonville High School athletic program ranked #1 in the nation in the 2013-14 MaxPreps Cup title.
- Hottest Travel Destination for 2012 by Travel & Leisure
- One of the 12 Best Places to visit in 2012 LA Times
- Bentonville named on the 2013 “In” list for Dining Scene in The Washington Post
- 2013 Community Development Tourism Award by Arkansas State Parks and Tourism Commission
- Crystal Bridges received Crystal Award in 2012 by Arkansas State Parks and Tourism Commission
- Arkansas Business referred to the City of Bentonville as the “most prominent small city in the world.”
- Arkansas Business named Bentonville the 2011 City of Distinction in two categories: Main Street Preservation and Quality of Life.
- Bentonville was awarded the coveted State of Arkansas 2011 SHINE Award by Keep Arkansas Beautiful.
- 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year
- 2011 City of Distinction Award for Main Street and Quality of Life Categories by Arkansas Business
- 2012 City of Distinction Award for Tourism by Arkansas Business
- 2012 Reader’s Choice Award Winner by Convention South Magazine
- 2012 Reader’s Choice Award Winner by Sports Events magazine
- Bentonville High School has been named one of the Top 1000 High Schools by Newsweek Magazine the last two years.
- Bella Vista was recently ranked one of America’s Top 10 Best Healthy Places To Retire by U.S. News & World Report, and one of the Top 25 best places for affordable homes by CNNMoney.com and Money Magazine.
- Money Magazine included Northwest Arkansas in its list of “100 Best Places to Live.”
- Forbes Magazine’s annual list of the top 200 best metro areas for doing business placed Northwest Arkansas in its Top 10 of major metropolitan.
- MSN.com ranked Northwest Arkansas as the best low cost area in the nation in which to live and work, saying that “access to culture and the beauty of the surrounding mountains and lakes has helped land [NWA] the title of one of America’s Most Livable Cities.”
- Inc. Magazine ranked Northwest Arkansas as the 13th (out of 393 areas surveyed) best metropolitan area overall for doing business.
- The Milken Institute also placed Northwest Arkansas in their Top 10 “Best Performing Large Metros” list for the third time.
- The Wall Street Journal described Bentonville as an “A-list city for business travel since the late 1990s” in a “Destinations” article. The article also profiled the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Pinnacle Hills development in Rogers.
- Money Magazine listed Bella Vista as one the Top 25 best places to retire ranking at No. 12.
- In 2010 and 2011 CNN/Money ranked NWA 10th on their annual Best Places to Live list under the category of small cities for families.
- CNN/Money ranked Benton County 15th on the 2010 list for counties that have experienced the most job growth over the last nine years.
- NWA was ranked 10th on the 2011 Most Livable Bargain Markets list published by MSN Real Estate & Bert Sperling of Sperlings Best Place.
- CNN/Money ranked the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR MSA as the 13th best metro area for small business start-ups.