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Razorbacks start the sprint to Paris, NWA real estate trends, and more.

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John Brown University To Expand Cybersecurity Program With $6.5M Grant

John Brown University in Siloam Springs has received a $6.5m grant from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation to boost its cybersecurity program, developing local talent to meet the demands of the growing industry.

  • Cybersecure: JBU introduced its bachelor's in cybersecurity in 2020, becoming the first university in Northwest Arkansas to offer such a degree. Of the $6.5m endowment, $3m will be dedicated to student scholarships, $2m to attain technology, and $1.5m to support a full-time faculty.

  • Masterful: Besides on-campus learning, JBU offers the degree in a fully online format tailored for working adults. The university also provides an accelerated master's program in cybersecurity, which students can begin during their undergraduate studies and complete in just one additional year.

Start your journey into this rapidly growing industry HERE.

Real Estate

Get a deep dive into the local real estate market during the ULI Northwest Arkansas: Emerging Trends in Real Estate conference, hosted at NWACC's Shewmaker Workforce Development Building in Bentonville on Thursday, Jan 25, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Exploring The Trends: In its 45th edition, the annual industry report covers the latest information, critical data, and trends in the real estate sector. This year's report, The Great Reset, will highlight the industry's need for new standards for predicting future market changes.

  • Bringing It Home: Paul Fiorilla of Yardi Matrix will kick off the conference with the 2024 Emerging Trends Report and its impact on the local real estate market. Following that, a panel discussion featuring Ramsay Ball of Focus Commercial Real Estate and Stephanie Funk of Engel & Völkers will delve into the specific nuances of the NWA real estate market.

Register for the conference HERE.

Razorbacks Track & Field Race Into The 2024 Indoor Season With Sights Set On Paris

Represented by student-athletes from 10 different countries, including the 2023 Bowerman Trophy winner, Jaydon Hibbert of Jamaica, the historic Razorback Track & Field program begins its chase for its 50th national title during the first meet of the 2024 Indoor Season this Friday, Jan 12.

  • Track Capital of the World: Cheer on the nationally-ranked Razorbacks in the comfort of the world’s fastest indoor track, the Randal Tyson Track Center, next to Baum-Walker Stadium. Season tickets for all seven regular-season home meets are on sale for just $40.

  • Woo Pig Soo-Oui Oui: With each season ticket purchased for regular-season meets in Fayetteville, you will be entered to win a roundtrip flight for two to Paris, France, for a chance to watch the Razorbacks compete on the world’s biggest stage this summer!

Join the chase today for your chance to call the Hogs in Paris HERE.


Startup Junkie Teams Up With Korean Startups At The 2024 CES

Yesterday, Startup Junkie partnered with the Korean Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) for a pitch showcase, panel, and networking event during the K-Innovation Day at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas — considered the most influential tech event in the world.

  • Global Partnerships: Startup Junkie, in collaboration with KOTRA, is actively supporting South Korean startups in their expansion into the U.S. market through its Startup Junkie-Asia program, offering consultations, mentoring, educational sessions, and networking opportunities.

  • Eureka! During the four-day conference, Jan 9-12, Startup Junkie has joined KOTRA and their cohort of startups at the Korea Pavilion in the renowned Eureka Park sections of the international expo floor — the area reserved for the most exciting startups and rising founders in the world.

Explore a list of the Korean startups who joined the pitch event HERE.

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In other news…

  • 🐱 Meow Matters: Unlock the secrets to a happy and harmonious life with your feline companions during a "Cat Behavior 101" class with Best Friends cat expert Samantha Bell at the Best Friends Pet Resource Center on Jan 13 or Jan 27.*

  • 🌳 Healthy Roots: Learn the inside-outs of your unique body and map out a personalized plan for your optimal health & well-being with A Rooted Body. New clients earn 10% off their first Zyto Scan and supplement order. Schedule your scan today.*

  • ✈️ Roger That: XNA gained approval to replace its 57 ft air traffic control tower with a new 144 ft tower — a $17.5m project expected to take at least two years to build.

  • 🎷 Jazz Joint: The Music Depot is seeking community feedback as they continue to develop their mission to showcase Black music and art in their newly-renovated Downtown Rogers location. Take the survey.

  • 🚀 May the Force Be With You: Disney Concerts will bring Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert to the Walmart AMP on Sep 6, featuring a live orchestra playing John Williams' iconic score alongside the film. Tickets go on sale tomorrow.

  • 📅 NWA Calendar: Stay up to date with events mentioned in the newsletter, or post your own upcoming events on our events page!

  • 🚀 Launch Your Message: Share your message with our growing community of 35,000+ readers. We have several advertising opportunities to help you share your story with Northwest Arkansas.

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