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  1. "The Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission will apply for a federal grant to help cash-strapped Missouri finish its part of Interstate 49 around Bella Vista." (Let's see whether this works) : https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=3324.msg2261941#msg2261941
  2. The 2018 Nielsen DMA rankings have been released. NWA/Fort Smith continues to go up the list, now at #98, up 1 ranking from last year. Little Rock-Pine Bluff is #58. There was a time when the difference between the two was about 100 places if not much more. https://www.tvb.org/Portals/0/media/file/DMA/2017_2018_DMA_Ranks.pdf
  3. (Comreguy, I don't want to restart the bandwagon but...I've maintained that we'd know how big this area really is when the area fills in between south Rogers and north Springdale along I-49, and when the airport gets a decent (i.e. 4-lane) road to its gates. Both are becoming co-located now. That being said, there's no doubt in my mind now that a Cheescake factory in the right place (i.e. near Chuy's, or Pleasant Grove) will clean up in NWA. Don't get me wrong, you and your real estate compatriots at the C.F. must be very wise and have guidelines, and there are excellent, critical reaso
  4. Architect, the Tulsa MSA is indeed larger, but Little Rock is more like OKC in that it covers most of the state, moreso than the latter, which isn't border-to-border east-to-west the way LR (which extends from Helena to Mena) is...partially (as you point out) because Tulsa blocks it in the east as far south as McAlester.
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    Fort Smith

    Telling you, there is NO TV market in America that has seen some of the strange and quirky things that "Fort Smith/Fayetteville/Rogers" has. "KXNW, UHF digital channel 34, is the MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station for Northwest Arkansas that is licensed to Eureka Springs. The station is owned by the Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary of Tribune Media Company as part of a duopoly with Fort Smith-based CBS affiliate KFSM-TV (channel 5). Both stations share studios located on North 13th Street in downtown Fort Smith. While Eureka Springs also is located in the Springfield, Missouri mark
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    Fort Smith

    Apparently Channel 5, KFSM, will move from their old (former Carnegie Library building) headquarters in Fort Smith to bigger quarters somewhere in NWA (Comreguy, any idea where that might be, as I doubt it will be in the Fayetteville mall) though keep a presence in Fort Smith. Nonetheless, there will be, in the future, not one but TWO new private high school level schools in FSM, both in Chaffee Crossing. The new Fort Smith Catholic High School will be built there, as will the new Montessori School (to be given a different name) that will gradually add high school levels. With all t
  7. Update on the current Bella Vista Bypass and the Arkansas 112 Bypass:
  8. The ethnic market rankings will come out later. Fort Smith/Fayetteville has been a top 75 market in America for both Asian and Hispanic viewers in the last rankings, so we'll see if there has been any movement. One last thing: if you add the current FSM/Fayettville/Springdale/Rogers and Little Rock markets together, you get 852,650 TV households. If they were a conjoined market, they would rank #37 in America at this point in time, right behind: 36. Cincinnati 35. Milwaukee 34. Salt Lake City 33. Kansas City There is starting to be some media power in the Natural State.
  9. The new Nielsen rankings were just released today. For the first time ever, the Fort Smith-Fayetteville TV market is ranked in double digits, in the top markets in America, at #99. (As a measuring standard, the market was around 200 or higher 30 years ago, before Benton and a few other counties were added): http://www.nielsen.com/content/dam/corporate/us/en/docs/solutions/measurement/television/2016-2017-nielsen-local-dma-ranks.pdf There may be some other interesting news, too in this when the ethnic rankings are released later. BTW, there was some good media news for Fort Smi
  10. Wow! In a week full of "gem quotes" on the growth of Fort Smith/Northwest Arkansas (Doug McMillon saying NWA will have 1 million plus persons in 15 years, and the Fort Smith Southwest Times Record predicting the FSM metro to be at least 400,000 9 years later), here's ANOTHER fascinating thing from yesterday. This is very, quietly big, if true...the "three B's" needed to get Arkansas' I-49 finished are the Bella Vista Bypass, the Bridge over the Arkansas River, and "the Big one" section from Greenwood to Texarkana. And the week's not even finished yet :
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    Fort Smith

    From a businessman online friend in Fort Smith: " When I-49 is complete, Fort Smith will explode. It will be at the corner of I-40 and I-49, in the center of the U.S. With access to rail and river, the proximity to major trucking lines (ABF, C. R. England, J. B. Hunt, USA Trucking, Jones Truck Lines etc.) it will be, perhaps, the single largest drop and ship hub (not attached to a sea or ocean) in the country. It will be central most drop point for shipped items arriving in the gulf ports for distribution east, west, and north.I read a study several months ago that predicted that, after t
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    Fort Smith

    Add metro Fort Smith to the expanding population. This would put the metro Fort Smith area to about 400,000. A combined NWA/FSM of 1,400,000 would be bigger than metro Memphis is today:
  13. Comreguy, Months ago we'd speculated on the possibility of Menard's coming some day to NWA. They're about to open a Menard's east of U.S. 65 in southern Hollister, MO, barely 10 miles above the Arkansas line. They may never go any farther in this direction, but this will be their farthest south location yet (surpassing the Poplar Bluff, MO store which previously held that honor). Jane, MO might have been a good location for them once right above BV; we'll see... http://bransontrilakesnews.com/news/article_a89d2c18-2441-11e6-868d-7b725f108822.html
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    NWA Growth

    Walmart CEO Doug McMillon was quoted yesterday as saying NWA will have over 1,000,000 people within 15 years at projected growth rates. Here's some rough math. Forgive me as I don't have links for the numbers, but they're out there: Date NWA officially "hit" the 500,000 mark: April 30th, 2014. Average net per day gain of people moving into NWA since then: 31 per day Using above numbers, the current population of NWA today: 525,978* (*500,000 + (838 (number of days since April 30th, 2014 x31, =) 25,978 Now, how would you add 500,000 people over the next 15 years? 15
  15. From this article published yesterday, about work on I-49 in NWA. Hello, all...visitor from the NWA forum here. Just did some quick number-crunching and found this interesting, using numbers from the above piece, plus latest census bureau estimates for White County. Central Arkansas (Pulaski, Saline, Faulkner, Lonoke, Perry, Grant Counties, I'm pretty sure) population for 2014: 729,135 Pine Bluff (3 county metro, again, I'm sure) population for 2014: 94,716 Hot Springs/Garland County population for 2014: 97,322 White County population for 2015: 79,161 I know its mixing 20
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    NWA Growth

    "Wow". Just "wow". (Right now, that's a net of 11,300+ new people per year. And this region's not finished expanding yet (see: an ever-more-completed-I-49): POPULATION GROWTH FEEDING NEED FOR ROAD WORKFor several years the four-lane I-49 through Benton and Washington counties has not been enough to handle the rise in traffic volume produced by a fast-growing metro population.U.S. Census estimate updates released March 24 show that the Northwest Arkansas metro area accounted for most of the state’s population growth in the past five years, and only 35 of the nation’s 381 metro areas pos
  17. I don't know how many of you have seen this interactive map on the Fortune 500, but I didn't do any "photoshopping" of the image below. Although it's not related to any one particular development, it's also the reason why I won't put anything past Northwest Arkansas from this point (barring catastrophe) until The Lord returns. (BTW, it's not just the "biggest spot on the map"). Tyson and J.B. Hunt alone give NWA more of a Fortune 500 presence than multiple cities (i.e. Portland, Salt Lake City, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Baltimore, San Diego, New Orleans, Buffalo, Jacksonville, Orlando)
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    Fort Smith

    "Harmon told Talk Business & Politics he has potential tenants with “firm growth plans,” but would not speculate as to what types of companies might use the Riverside building or how many jobs might be created. Harmon did tease that Spartan is looking at other warehouse space in Fort Smith. His belief is that Fort Smith, because of geography and transportation infrastructure, is a good location to service customers in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas – especially Texas. 'From a distribution standpoint, we believe Fort Smith is very compatible to the Dallas market. That’s why we are very e
  19. This. Fort Smith will see amazing things happen if and when I-49 is finished. So, too, NWA (with the "finished" including a finished Bella Vista Bypass). But...the operative word is "if". (And given what Texas and Louisiana are doing and all states north of Bella Vista have done, it's nothing short of abject foolishness not to dream of a completed I-49.)
  20. Mith, I just posted on the Rogers thread about longtime (and soon to be "ex-") Fort Smith real estate and development company ERC moving from that city to Rogers, building a substantial office park for its new headquarters in the latter city. I'm not sure anyone here (but if there is such a story THIS is the forum we'd get answers) can point to anywhere in America where a long-time second-largest-city-in-the-state has been totally eclipsed by a boomtown. Las Vegas had no competition at all in the state of Nevada, with Reno being a totally different market far away. Perhaps Orlando might qua
  21. This is completely amazing. The corporate "flip" from Fort Smith to NWA continues. ERC has been a Fort Smith mainstay for decades. Again, in a different era, there would have been case studies and books written about all this.
  22. Wow. If this happens, it would mean the local television market will have fully "flipped" upside-down in television terms (given Channel 40's and the KPOM-to-KNWA moves of years back), with the center of gravity moving from Fort Smith down south to NWA up north. Friends, I'm telling you...that has happened very rarely, if ever, in American media. In another time, they'd be writing case studies and perhaps textbooks about this. Perhaps someone is doing so anyway:
  23. Small news, but the striping appears to be on the Gun Range Road - Highway 72 section of the future Bella Vista Bypass (at least 2 lanes of it ), and the shoulders and exits look pretty much ready as well. I know they'd hoped to have it open last October, but I'm guessing we're approaching the "any day now" mark. This will be the beginning of opening up west Bella Vista/the Highlands to the world...
  24. "My orders say I'm not supposed to know where I'm taking this boat, so I don't! But one look at you, and I know it's gonna be hot!" - Chief Quartermaster Phillips in "Apocalypse now" One look at who's buying this school house-looking old hotel and I know it's going to be "hot" some day...
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