Walton Family Foundation to invest $302M in home region through 2020

BENTONVILLE (KATV) - The Walton Family Foundation plans to invest $302 million in the Northwest Arkansas and the Delta region of Arkansas and Mississippi through the year 2020. The foundation stated these investments represent a special and ongoing commitment to the region where the Walton family launched an iconic American business success story. The goal is to create and sustain long-term economic development opportunities by improving educational outcomes, continuing support for arts and cultural amenities, coordinating regional development, and preserving a sense of place, thus, creating a better quality of life for residents in the area. "Northwest Arkansas is a great place to call home," said Rob Brothers, Director of the Walton Family Foundation Home Region Focus Area. "Our investment strategy through 2020 is sharply focused on initiatives that will continue to make the region an even more desirable place to live and work." The four initiatives that make up the Northwest Arkansas investment strategy include the following: {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} Expand High-Achieving Pre-K-12 School Options {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} Establish the Region as a Leader in Arts and Cultural Amenities {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} Strengthen Coordinated Regional Economic Development {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} Preserve a Sense of Place