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For the first time in history the Greater Topeka Partnership and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce will join forces to host an inter-city visit to Northwest Arkansas (NWA), a regional collective composed of Rogers, Springdale, Bentonville and Fayetteville.


This “Stronger Together: Expedition NWA,” trip allows community leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors in both the Topeka and Lawrence area to gain knowledge about innovative ideas and programs in Northwest Arkansas. The visit will also provide an opportunity for interaction among city leaders and facilitate the exchange of best practices and lessons learned between the visiting cities and the destination cities.

Stronger Together: Expedition NWA will take place on October 6-8, 2021.


Northwest Arkansas is a uniquely collaborative metropolitan area and region within the Ozark Mountains. The birth-place and headquarters of world-leading companies such as Walmart, Tyson Foods and JB Hunt. The region is the home to Plug and Play’s supply chain & logistics innovation startup accelerator program. Another asset includes the University of Arkansas, the state’s flagship campus. In addition to these attributes, local leaders will gain knowledge about the region’s efforts to encourage better talent engagement, drive downtown development, implement a community strategy and engage in intention and impactful community conversations on diversity, equity and inclusion.


Please save the date and we hope you can join us on this historical trip. We will be posting ticket pricing, opportunities and agenda for the trip as we get that info finalized so please check back and watch for those details in the months to come.


For questions please reach out to Travis Walsh with the Lawrence Chamber and Jensen Simons with the Topeka Partnership.