166 episodes

The I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast covers the intersection of Business, Culture, Entrepreneurship, and Life in Benton and Washington County Arkansas. If you are thinking about moving here or already live here, we've got great inspiring stories, ideas, things to do, places to see, people to meet, and food to eat. Learn why we are one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas of the US.

I am Northwest Arkansas Randy Wilburn

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 35 Ratings

The I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast covers the intersection of Business, Culture, Entrepreneurship, and Life in Benton and Washington County Arkansas. If you are thinking about moving here or already live here, we've got great inspiring stories, ideas, things to do, places to see, people to meet, and food to eat. Learn why we are one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas of the US.

    Art Reflections of The Black Experience with Kinya Christian in Northwest Arkansas

    Art Reflections of The Black Experience with Kinya Christian in Northwest Arkansas

    About this Episode:
    It’s not often that we have repeat guests on the podcast, but this week's episode is an exception. Kinya Christian is an Artist and Owner of the https://www.intoviewgallery.com/ (Into + View Art Gallery). Located in Downtown Rogers, https://www.intoviewgallery.com/ (Into + View Art Gallery) is one of only a few black art galleries in Northwest Arkansas. Kinya has worked hard to create a space for underrepresented POC, women, and advanced-age artists.
    When we last spoke with https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2020/feb/09/from-1619-to-now-exhibit-considers-race/ (Kinya, she was in the middle of showing the 1619 Project) at her museum and the Rogers Experimental House.
    Her current exhibit, ​​Reflections of The Black Experience, an art collection curated is reflective of the African diaspora to the modern-day Black experience in America by local and regional artists. The exhibit will feature a mix of historical research, personal reflections, and creative writing discussing challenging narratives about our collective history.
    The exhibit begins Friday, February 4, 2022, with an opening reception at INTO+VIEW Art Gallery and Studios, located at 300 N. 2nd St., Rogers, Arkansas. The reception will feature an exclusive wine tasting of Black-owned wineries throughout the United States.
    The exhibit will also be at the Rogers Experimental House, located at 121 W. Walnut St., Rogers, Arkansas, February 10, 2022, during the monthly Art on the Bricks event.
    Selections from the exhibit can also be viewed at Java Dudes Coffee Company, 718 N 2nd St., Rogers, Arkansas.
    All this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas.

    Important Links and Mentions on the Show*
    Into + View Art Gallery
    300 North Second St, Ste A
    Downtown Rogers, AR
    https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/episode-53-kinya-christian-uses-art-to-reveal-why-1619-is-more-than-just-a-number/ (IANWA Episode 53 with Kinya Christian)
    Kinya Christian Email
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/kinyachristian (Kinya Christian on LinkedIn)
    https://www.intoviewgallery.com/ (Into + View Art Gallery)
    https://www.instagram.com/view_art_gallery/?hl=en (Into + View Art Gallery on Instagram)
    https://www.kinyachristian.com/ (Kinya Christian Website)
    https://www.instagram.com/kinyachristian/?hl=en (Kinya Christian on Instagram)
    https://artventures-nwa.org/ (Art Ventures NWA)
    https://www.instagram.com/theartfulsomm/?hl=en (The Artful Somm on Instagram)
    https://www.sdale.org/o/don-tyson-school-of-innovation (Don Tyson School of Innovation)
    https://www.artsk12.org/ (Arkansas Arts Academy)
    https://www.facebook.com/javadudescoffeecompany/ (Java Dudes)
    https://www.arkansaspublictheatre.org/ (Arkansas Public Theatre)
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Food-Truck/Nacho-Taters-102651818542711/ (Mike and Nachos Taters)
    This episode is sponsored by*:
    https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -
    https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.”
    You may ask why bank at Signature?
    Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee. They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day.
    Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal...

    • 37 min
    Simply Dreaming In Northwest Arkansas - Reflections Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Simply Dreaming In Northwest Arkansas - Reflections Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    About this Episode:
    If he were still alive, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., would be 93 years old. Today, throughout Northwest Arkansas, we celebrate his life through various events and activities.
    We thought it would be worth taking a break from our regular programming here at I am Northwest Arkansas to say “Thanks!” to Dr. King for having a Dream that we could ALL aspire to.
    All this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas.
    Important Links and Mentions on the Show*
    https://share.descript.com/view/DfMMXEU4tVw (Check out the Transcript)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP4iY1TtS3s (MLK - I Have a Dream Speech - Audio)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixfwGLxRJU8 (MLK - Mountaintop Sermon - Audio)
    DJ DENZ The Rooster /Christmas in Las Vegas/courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com


    This episode is sponsored by*:
    https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -
    https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.”
    You may ask why bank at Signature?
    Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee. They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day.
    Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages.
    Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-4700) or visit their websitehttps://www.signature.bank/ ( Signature.Bank) and let them know you heard about them on the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast.
    https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.
    http://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva (Canva) -
    Are you looking for ways to build a Digital Marketing Strategy from scratch? Whether you need to design things for your family or personal brand or need a versatile design tool to help you with your social media presence. Canva can help.
    Need new Business Cards? Canva has you covered.
    Need to create and post Social Media images quickly? Canva has you covered.
    Need to create videos for Social Media and beyond? Canva has you covered.
    Need to create a sharp-looking resume? Canva has you covered.
    Need access to more than 3-Million Royalty-Free Images?
    Ok, you get the point!
    Canva covers just about anything you need from a design perspective, and it costs pennies a day to open a Canva Pro account.

    Try Canva for FREE today athttp://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva ( IamNorthwestArkansas.com/canva)

    Email info@iamnorthwestarkansas.com to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.
    *Note: some of the resources mentioned may be affiliate links. This means we get paid a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase.
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    • 21 min
    EForAll Is Meeting The Needs Of A Diverse Group of People Who Want To Start And Grow Their Business Here In Northwest Arkansas

    EForAll Is Meeting The Needs Of A Diverse Group of People Who Want To Start And Grow Their Business Here In Northwest Arkansas

    About this Episode:
    We sat down with Rodrigo Salas and Ana Ortiz from https://eforall.org/ar/northwest-arkansas/ (Entrepreneurship For All NWA) - https://eforall.org/ (EForAll) - to talk about their new program launched recently here in Northwest Arkansas. Founded in Massachusetts, an Entrepreneur started EForAll to serve the underserved regarding business startup advice, guidance, and encouragement.
    The program focuses on mentoring and developing the startup entrepreneur. EForAll will introduce you to mentors, and they will take you through Cohort training, where you will learn alongside other entrepreneurs that are just getting started. In addition, EForAll offers a pitch competition where you can develop your presentation skills and learn the best way to share your story with the world in a compelling manner.
    All this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas.
    Important Links and Mentions on the Show*:
    Rodrigo Salas Email
    Ana Ortiz Email
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/entrepreneurship-for-all (EForAll on LinkedIn)
    https://eforall.org/ar/northwest-arkansas/ (EForAll NWA Website)
    https://www.instagram.com/eforallnorthwestar/ (EForAll on Instagram)

    This episode is sponsored by*:
    https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -
    https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.”
    You may ask why bank at Signature?
    Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee. They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day.
    Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages.
    Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-4700) or visit their websitehttps://www.signature.bank/ ( Signature.Bank) and let them know you heard about them on the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast.
    https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.
    http://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva (Canva) -
    Are you looking for ways to build a Digital Marketing Strategy from scratch? Whether you need to design things for your family or personal brand or need a versatile design tool to help you with your social media presence. Canva can help.
    Need new Business Cards? Canva has you covered.
    Need to create and post Social Media images quickly? Canva has you covered.
    Need to create videos for Social Media and beyond? Canva has you covered.
    Need to create a sharp-looking resume? Canva has you covered.
    Need access to more than 3-Million Royalty-Free Images?
    Ok, you get the point!
    Canva covers just about anything you need from a design perspective, and it costs pennies a day to open a Canva Pro account.

    Try Canva for FREE today athttp://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva ( IamNorthwestArkansas.com/canva)

    Email info@iamnorthwestarkansas.com to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.
    *Note: some of the resources mentioned may be affiliate links. This means we get paid a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase.
    Connect more with I am Northwest Arkansas:
    ● https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/q5l7r0 ( Join our Email List!)
    ● Email Us hello@iamnorthwestarkansas.com

    • 40 min
    Northwest Arkansas is Sweet on Markham & Fitz Chocolate

    Northwest Arkansas is Sweet on Markham & Fitz Chocolate

    About this Episode:
    We sat down with Lauren Blanco, the Co-Founder, and CEO of Markham and Fitz Chocolate in Bentonville. Lauren shared her origin story and how she found success with making Chocolate.
    Hear how time spent in war-torn parts of West Africa introduced her to the Cocoa Bean.
    Learn how they developed the Markham and Fitz name - hint, they wanted a solid trademark.
    Discover how Lauren’s mom's baking skills influenced her.
    Learn why Dark Chocolate is good for you and why Markham and Fitz uses organic ingredients simply to make their chocolate stand out in the crowded candy bar market. The higher the percentage of chocolate in a bar, the less sugar involved.
    According to Lauren, the health benefits of chocolate start in bars with 70 percent or more chocolate.
    You can visit their Dessert Bar and Cafe at the https://8stmarket.com/ (8th St. Market in Bentonville) to sample their goodies. You can also order their chocolate bars and confections online for delivery on their website - https://markhamandfitz.com/ (MarkhamandFitz.com).
    And, if that is not enough on Friday afternoons, you can stop by the shop and try out new chocolate offerings before they release them to the public.
    In addition to ordering the chocolate bars online and at the https://8stmarket.com/ (8th St. Market), you can also find https://markhamandfitz.com/ (Markham and Fitz) Chocolate Bars at https://onf.coop/ (Ozark Natural Foods), https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/ (Whole Foods), and https://www.snacklabnwa.com/ (Snack Labs).
    All this and more on this “SWEET” episode of I am Northwest Arkansas.
    Important Links and Mentions on the Show*:
    Connect with Lauren Blanco via Email
    https://markhamandfitz.com/ (Markham and Fitz Website)
    https://www.instagram.com/markhamandfitzchoc/?hl=en (Markham and Fitz on Instagram)
    https://www.facebook.com/markhamandfitzchocolate/ (Markham and Fitz on Facebook)
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CWZT_0Ug5Ci/ (The video we did for Markham and Fitz)
    https://onyxcoffeelab.com/ (Onyx Coffee Lab)
    Mention the Discount Code: IAMNWA10 for 10 Percent off your Chocolate purchase online at https://markhamandfitz.com/ (Markham and Fitz).


    This episode is sponsored by*:
    https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -
    https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.”
    You may ask why bank at Signature?
    Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee. They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day.
    Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages.
    Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-4700) or visit their websitehttps://www.signature.bank/ ( Signature.Bank) and let them know you heard about them on the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast.
    https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.
    http://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva (Canva) -
    Are you looking for ways to build a Digital Marketing Strategy from scratch? Whether you need to design things for your family or personal brand or need a versatile design tool to help you with your social media presence. Canva can help.
    Need new...

    • 38 min
    2021 A Year In Review in Northwest Arkansas

    2021 A Year In Review in Northwest Arkansas

    About this Episode:
    We sit down with two good friends of the podcast, Jerra Nalley Toms and Jeremy Tran, to talk about the year that was 2021.
    We experienced highs and lows this year.
    And, there is also a lot to look forward to for the future. This podcast is the first time we have done a year in review episode, and we hope you enjoy it. As we said in http://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/151 (episode 151) last week, we have accomplished a lot with the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast in 2021, and we just want to acknowledge our fans and listeners by saying, “Thank You!”
    All this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas.
    Important Links and Mentions on the Show*:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jerranalley (Jerra Nalley Toms)
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/j-tran1 (Jeremy Tran - IamGastronome)
    https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/special-edition-5-new-things-we-are-excited-about-in-northwest-arkansas/ (Five New Things with Jerra Nalley Toms)
    https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/a-conversation-with-jeremy-tran/ (Episode 146 with Jeremy Tran and I am Gastronome)
    https://waltonartscenter.org/holidaze/ (Holidaze)
    https://www.forgefund.org/ (Forge Fund)
    https://www.cureate.co/ (Cureate.co)
    https://www.asamiteashop.com/ (ASAMI Tea)
    https://waltonartscenter.org/ (Walton Arts Center)
    https://www.theatre2.org/ (Theater Squared)
    https://freshgrass.com/bentonville/festival-info/ (Fresh Grass Music Festival)
    https://onyxcoffeelab.com/ (Onyx Coffee) Lab
    https://www.bitenwa.com/ (BiteNWA)
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/olivia-trimble-642413127 (Olivia Trimble and Sleet City Woman)
    https://www.jjslive.com/ (JJ’s Live)
    https://www.restaurantnews.com/snoop-dogg-surprises-raising-canes-customers-in-the-drive-thru-111721/ (Snoop Dog at Raising Canes)
    https://walton.uark.edu/ (Walton College of Business)
    https://www.livsndesigns.com/ (Livsn Designs)
    https://onf.coop/ (Ozark Natural Foods)
    https://www.bikenwa.org/ (BikeNWA)
    https://www.canoo.com/ (Canoo)
    https://talkbusiness.net/2021/03/alice-waltons-whole-health-institute-will-build-a-new-medical-school-in-bentonville/ (Whole Health Institute )
    https://www.nwafoodbank.org/ (NWA Food Bank)
    https://nwacouncil.org/onward-ozarks/ (Onward Ozarks with NWA Council)
    https://www.kuaf.com/programs/ozarks-large (Ozarks at Large and I am Northwest Arkansas)
    This episode is sponsored by*:
    https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -
    https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.”
    You may ask why bank at Signature?
    Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee. They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day.
    Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages.
    Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-4700) or visit their websitehttps://www.signature.bank/ ( Signature.Bank) and let them know you heard about them on the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast.
    https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.
    http://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva (Canva) -
    Are you looking for ways to build a Digital Marketing Strategy from scratch? Whether you need to design...

    • 32 min
    Giving Thanks this 2021 Holiday Season

    Giving Thanks this 2021 Holiday Season

    About this Episode:
    Wow, 151 Episodes! Can you believe it?
    This is a short episode where we share all of the things we are thankful for this holiday season. We have accomplished a lot with the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast, and we just want to acknowledge our fans and listeners by saying, “Thank You!”
    All this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas.
    Important Links and Mentions on the Show*:
    https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/episode-109-skills-lab-training-is-preparing-northwest-arkansas-next-generation-for-employment-success/ (Episode 109 with Skill Labs Training)
    https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/episode-121-wes-craiglow-and-the-urban-land-institute-are-helping-to-plan-the-future-of-northwest-arkansas/ (Episode 121 with Wes Craiglow and ULI)
    https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/episode-122everyone-gets-a-bike-with-pedal-it-forward-nwa/ (Episode 122 with Pedal It Forward)
    https://player.captivate.fm/ec233b1e-e2c4-44bd-a9e0-d69207a4dc13 (Episode 139 with Daymara Baker)
    https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/tag/episode-144/ (Episode 144 with Mycelium)
    https://iamnorthwestarkansas.com/a-conversation-with-jeremy-tran/ (Episode 146 with Jeremy Tran and I am Gastronome)
    https://nwacouncil.org/onward-ozarks/ (Onward Ozarks with NWA Council)
    https://www.nwahomepage.com/lifestyle/good-day-nwa/ (Good Day NWA)
    https://www.kuaf.com/programs/ozarks-large (Ozarks at Large and I am Northwest Arkansas)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptocurrency (Cryptocurrency)
    https://www.investopedia.com/terms/b/blockchain.asp (Blockchain)
    https://www.theverge.com/22310188/nft-explainer-what-is-blockchain-crypto-art-faq (NFT - Non Fungible Tokens)
    This episode is sponsored by*:
    https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) -
    https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank) was founded here in Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Their focus is personal and community banking. When you bank with a community bank, you’re investing in local businesses, local entrepreneurs, local charities, and the causes close to home. Signature Bank has worked hard to earn its tagline, “Community Banking at its Best.”
    You may ask why bank at Signature?
    Because they focus on the customer instead of having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee. They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to ensure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day.
    Signature Bank of Arkansas is a full-service bank offering traditional checking and savings accounts, investment accounts, business and personal loans, and mortgages.
    Give the folks at Signature Bank a call (479-684-4700) or visit their websitehttps://www.signature.bank/ ( Signature.Bank) and let them know you heard about them on the I am Northwest Arkansas Podcast.
    https://www.signature.bank/ (Signature Bank of Arkansas) is a Member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.
    http://www.iamnorthwestarkansas.com/canva (Canva) -
    Are you looking for ways to build a Digital Marketing Strategy from scratch? Whether you need to design things for your family or personal brand or need a versatile design tool to help you with your social media presence. Canva can help.
    Need new Business Cards? Canva has you covered.
    Need to create and post Social Media images quickly? Canva has you covered.
    Need to create videos for Social Media and beyond? Canva has you covered.
    Need to create a sharp-looking resume? Canva has you covered.
    Need access to more than 3-Million Royalty-Free Images?
    Ok, you get the point!
    Canva covers just about anything you need from a design perspective, and it costs pennies a day to open a Canva Pro account.

    Try Canva for FREE today...

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

BernainAR ,

Listened for a year before I moved to Northwest Arkansas!

I stumbled upon this podcast while trying to learn about Northwest Arkansas and I was not disappointed!!! I learned so many things about this area that I would not have known otherwise. This is a great resource to learn about the area!

Thank you for creating this podcast!!!

MerdCast ,

Excellent Podcast!!

I’ve been listening to I Am Northwest Arkansas for about 6 months, in preparation for an upcoming move to Fayetteville. All I can say is *WOW*. Randy has such an interesting assortment of guests and show topics. He covers the art scene, food and restaurants, outdoor activities, and so much more. He’s also a great interviewer: very professional, but also friendly and engaging.

I’m also impressed by what a great job he does with editing. In a recent episode, there was unavoidable construction noise at the new Fayetteville Public Library. Randy creatively stitched things together and added commentary to clarify as needed, and I just thought it was a very clever solution. I will likely go back and re-listen because it was just such a great episode!

Between Randy’s clear passion for this growing region and his inclusive coverage of all sorts of perspectives, I feel like I’ve gotten such a wonderful idea of what the area means to all sorts of people. And, while the idea of leaving a city where I’ve lived for 18 years is SCARY, this podcast has been such an inspiration as the move date draws closer. I truly cannot wait to get to Fayetteville! I look forward to being part of this unique community, and to being able explore it safely (post-COVID) based on many of Randy’s recommendations. 

Thank you, Randy, for creating this fantastic podcast!!

Juala5 ,

Excellent insight on NW-AR

I was already set to move to AR then I found this podcast. It’s been so great to have some insight about my future new home. So excited to move. Thanks Randy!

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