ECONOMIC RECOVERY STRATEGY
The Northwest Arkansas Recovery Strategy lays out 7 big ideas to spur economic recovery – but all Heartland communities want to emerge from the pandemic even stronger than before. What might work for your community?Read more about the 7-point plan
Does Geography Determine Destiny?
The Inequality of Opportunity Across The Heartland, Highlighted By The COVID CrisisRead More
We support our fellow citizens who are using their voices to speak out for change
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How Our Cities Reopen After The COVID-19 Pandemic
A Conversation with Richard FloridaWatch Now
The Education Puzzle Part III
Axios with Heartland Summit and Walton Family FoundationWatch Now
The Education Puzzle Part II
Axios with Heartland Forward and Walton Family FoundationWatch Now
The Education Puzzle Part I
Axios with Heartland Forward & Walton Family FoundationWatch Here
How COVID-19 is Disrupting our Social Fabric
A Conversation with David BrooksWatch Now
Meet Us in the Middle
Our mission is help change the narrative about the middle of the country and kick-start economic growth.
We showcase the exciting innovation happening between the coasts, spark frank conversations about the challenges the region is facing and build networks to sustain economic growth and power problem solving across the country.
By bringing together leading thinkers, innovators and investors, we create powerful networks to forge paths of progress and turn great ideas into action. As a region and a nation, we are strongest when we are most connected to each other.
By strengthening the heart of America, we’ll strengthen the whole.Learn More
Some of the brightest minds across sectors, geographies and generations—350 business and thought leaders united by a shared sense of purpose—to make the middle of the country the best it can be.
Engagement in participatory conversations that explore topics important to the Heartland's future: economic development and entrepreneurship, 21st-century skills and jobs, the future of food, healthy living, technology and arts and culture.
The Heartland is at the epicenter of many of America's biggest challenges. Yet, the Heartland is also a storehouse of tremendous American potential. Too many well-meaning conversations about the future of the Heartland take place outside of it. It's time we bring the conversation home.
Experience the Heartland
COMMUNITY. CULTURE. CONVERSATION.
Heartland Summit attendees experience the region’s culture, nature and wellness first-hand through yoga, bike rides, local cuisine, contemporary art, live music and so much more.
Natural resources help drive economic development throughout the Heartland. Through trail rides and other cycling adventure, you'll explore the beauty of Northwest Arkansas and enjoy an adrenaline-fueled experience.
At the Heartland Summit, you won't be sitting in a room listening to people talk all day. Our dynamic and diverse talks will get you "out of the classroom" and encourage exploration through a mix of session styles and locations.
Arts and Culture
The Heartland is full of amazing artists and we are excited to bring a diverse group of musicians and performers to the Heartland Summit. With styles ranging from country to jazz to bluegrass to rock and many others, these artists show some of the best creativity in the Heartland.