Work toward becoming a ‘smart region’ continues in Northwest Arkansas

Friday, August 31, 2018

A mission of the Northwest Arkansas Technology Council is to educate and explore the dynamics of integrating technology for what is hoped will become one of the first smart regions in the country.

Rick Webb, president of the Council, has made no secret of his desire to tackle the giant initiative with the help of other stakeholders such as the Northwest Arkansas Council and support of the Walton Family Foundation. Webb said progress is being made in baby steps at this juncture, but he’s working with the University of Arkansas to teach the first “smart cities” class on campus in the spring 2019 semester. He said it will be part of the Honors College and it’s a great place to start.

“Dean Matt Waller at the [Sam M.] Walton College [of Business] thought if the University of Arkansas is going to become a ‘smart campus’ then it should be student led. I think he’s exactly right given the student population would be the main users,” Webb told Talk Business & Politics.

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