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We continue to share excerpts from a Walton Family Foundation panel discussion about making growth in Northwest Arkansas more inclusive and equitable. Rafael Rios, the founder and executive chef at Yeyo's Hospitality Group, discusses how mentorship can play a role in that goal.

This month, a virtual conference hosted by the Walton Family Foundation included a panel discussion about the region's growth and inclusivity. Allyson Esposito, the executive director of the Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange, discussed how art can be used to tell the stories of underrepresented communities in the region.

This month, the Walton Family Foundation hosted a virtual conference in tandem with the release of a five-year strategy for the foundation and its partners. One of the panels focused on diversity and inclusion as Northwest Arkansas continues to attract more people. On today's show, we hear from Benton County Judge Barry Moehring and Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese Executive Director Melisa Laelan.

This week, the Walton Family Foundation unveiled its plan for working with foundations and nonprofits during the next five-year grantmaking cycle. The strategy coincides with a conference the foundation hosted, virtually, that ended today. The plan places a priority on three goals: championing community-driven change, collaboration with partners and placing specific attention on diversity, equity and inclusion in its grants.

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The Northwest Arkansas Council is taking applications for its Life Works Here initiative, which comes with a $10,000 incentive and other perks aimed at attracting STEAM talent to the region. The effort has drawn excitement as well as criticism from those who believe the organization and its funders should also focus on Northwest Arkansans struggling during the pandemic.

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The Walton Family Foundation's Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program has provided grants to three projects this autumn in Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. Foundation leaders say public space design is a matter of importance now and for the post-pandemic future.

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The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust was recently awarded a major grant from the Walton Family Foundation to help farmers seeking land and resources to grow fruits and vegetables for local wholesale markets to meet growing demand.

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A recent report commissioned by the Walton Family Foundation indicates more people are biking, running and walking on Northwest Arkansas's trails, especially on the Razorback Regional Greenway, which stretches through Benton and Washington Counties.

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On Tuesday, the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation announced it was awarding the University of Arkansas $194.7 million to establish the Institute for Intergrative and Innovative Research with the goal of increasing collaborative scientific research and encouraging commercialization and entrepreneurship. The gift also set aside funds for a building, 20 new faculty and the founding of a Bentonville campus.

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The Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program is providing grants for two new projects in Bentonville. The funds will support a recently announced destination park on nearly 100 acres at Southwest 8th and I Streets and a collaborative playscape between Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Scott Family Amazeum.

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