Bentonville is world famous as the headquarters town for retailing giant Walmart. Not only do the company's employees impact the town, but many of its suppliers have also moved their headquarters here to be near the center of the action. The brand new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is huge and drawing rave reviews - and gets millions of visitors each year. A new film festival in partnership with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media concentrates on entries from female and minority producers. The new Midtown Center will soon offer more than 50,000 sq.ft. of retail and office space. The Hunt Tower has 900,000 sq.ft. of office space. Another market district is being developed to the southeast on 25 acres. This area of Arkansas has great beauty and recreational resources.
The presence of so many talented people makes Bentonville a very dynamic place - its population grew over 60% from 2000 to 2011 and was over 40,000 in 2013. If you have any doubts about the attractions that Bentonville has you should see the NY Times article about it, "Bustle Where Once There Was Desolation". Photo in the public domain of Crystal Bridges Museum courtesy of Wikipedia and Charvex, photo in the public domain of Bentonville High School campus courtesy of Wikipedia and playwrite26.