Zuzanna Sitek

Reporter, Ozarks at Large

The Riverview Hope Campus in Fort Smith opened on Sept. 29 with a capacity of 105 beds, but the homeless shelter was almost full within days, a milestone the shelter's executive director did not expect to make until a couple months from now. Besides a place to sleep, the facility also has a Mercy health clinic, a laundry room and a cafeteria that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Prudence Upton, courtesy of Crystal Bridges

The newly hired director of the Momentary, which will be part of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, moved to Bentonville a week ago in preparation for a 2020 opening. Lieven Bertels has led an international career in visual and performing arts and will be involved in the look of the Momentary, which will be built in the former Kraft Foods plant in downtown Bentonville, as well as its programming and vision.


The Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas released its annual State of the Northwest Arkansas Region report. In this year’s report, the center compared Northwest Arkansas to several peer regions like Austin, Texas, Des Moines, Iowa, Madison, Wisconsin, and Durham and Raleigh, North Carolina. The report outlines many strengths of the region, but more importantly, also addresses its weaknesses.

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The Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub at the University of Arkansas opened Friday adding to a growing list of resources for entrepreneurs as the entrepreneur community grows in Northwest Arkansas. The Hub comes eight years after Carol Reeves, the associate vice provost of entrepreneurship at the U of A, started a graduate entrepreneurship program. Since then, she has mentored more than 150 students, some of whom have gone on to start more than 40 companies and organizations that employ hundreds of people in Arkansas.


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Hundreds of climbers from all over the country descended on Horseshoe Canyon Ranch this weekend to ascend the hundreds of routes that snake across the miles of bluffs in the area. Their goal was to climb as many routes as they could in 24 hours during an event called 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell.