Assistant to the Mayor
Whether visiting or making this your home you will quickly find what many have already discovered, Bentonville, Arkansas is a fantastic place to live.
Bentonville is the county seat of Benton County and is home to various county offices. The city of Bentonville has a mayor – city council form of government. A number of boards and commissions contribute to the oversight of the many services and functions provided to our citizens.
Located in scenic northwest Arkansas, our city has become a prime destination for the entire business world. We are proud of the fact that we are home to the world’s largest retailer! More than 40,000 individuals reside within our city.
Prompted by the opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Travel+Leisure magazine named Bentonville one of the Hottest Destinations of 2012. World renowned architect, Moshe Safdie, designed this spectacularly modern museum. His creation uniquely integrates nature and art with sublime architecture and conservation of the natural environment. Crystal Bridges with its 217,000 square feet of galleries, meeting and classroom space, library, sculpture garden and gathering place for up to 300 people, will be an esteemed landmark for decades to come.
It is an exciting time and we are busy expanding our infrastructure and public services to meet our citizens and visitors growing demands. In 2011, the City was named by Arkansas Business as a 2011 City of Distinction in two categories: Main Street Preservation and Quality of Life. Bentonville also received the coveted State of Arkansas 2011 SHINE Award, recognizing the city’s programs and policies that improve its beauty, environment and quality of life.
The city’s utility system includes our own electric distribution system, a water distribution system with water supplied by Beaver Water District, a wastewater treatment plant, a solid waste collection system and a composting facility. Weekly sanitation service, including recyclables, is provided to all of our utility customers. More information regarding utility services may be obtained by clicking on “Moving to Bentonville”.
Our police and fire departments have grown to keep pace with our phenomenal population growth. Residents enjoy the benefits that result from the excellent rating our fire protection has received. Our police department is committed to providing a safe environment for all of our citizens and visitors 24 / 7.
The City boasts a park system consisting of more than 430 acres of park land; including 22 trails and 37 trail miles. Since 2007, the City has built eight new parks. A newly completed 2.5 mile shared-use trail now connects recreational enthusiasts to the 36 mile Northwest Arkansas Razorback Regional Greenway, which links residents to many popular destinations in five major cities. In 2015, the City anticipates opening the doors to a 75,000 square foot Community Recreation Center.
Opened in 2006, Bentonville’s Public Library is truly a state-of-the-art facility. Located two blocks from our historic downtown square, this facility is a great place to study or to relax on the porch with a cup of coffee.
The Bentonville school system has been widely recognized for excellence and has established itself as a leader within the state of Arkansas. For the last two years, Newsweek magazine has named Bentonville High School one of the “Top 1000 High Schools. BHS was awarded the Department of Education’s “2007 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School”, one of the most esteemed education awards in the country. The district provides services for more than 14,000 students over an area of approximately 145 square miles.
Located in Bentonville, Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) opened its doors to 1,200 students in 1990. Today this institution of higher learning has in excess of 8,000 college credit students, making it one of the largest and fastest growing two-year colleges in the state of Arkansas.
Bentonville’s citizens find a wide variety of churches for worship opportunities and ministry services such as child day care, youth groups and family activities.
Motivated and guided by an active Chamber of Commerce, our area continues to grow and attract nationally recognized retail, lodging, food and service industries.
We are a town that not only welcomes you, but we invite you and your family to join us in building Bentonville.
Bob McCaslin, Mayor