Heartland Summit

Downtown Bentonville was buzzing Thursday with talk of everything from jet packs to tax credits and venture capital to partisan politics.

  • More than 350 people from across the U.S. convened at the Record for the Heartland Summit.

Details: Full audience panel discussions included speakers Gov. Asa Hutchinson; Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation; and Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase.

  • Breakout sessions on healthcare, education, transportation, energy and the adventure economy gave guests opportunities to dive deeper.

Why it matters: The objective of the summit is to assemble decision-makers and influencers to collectively elevate local and regional economies in the heartland.

The big picture: A recent report from Heartland Forward found that between 2010 and 2019, workers slowly migrated from the coasts to the 20, central-heartland states.

  • The pandemic accelerated that movement because more workers than ever can choose to live where they want for quality of life.


Story by Worth Sparkman | Axios NW Arkansas