Monthly Archives: August 2014

Fayetteville named one of’s 10 Best College Towns, 2014

Fayetteville, AR Named One of’s 10 Best College Towns, 2014

Livability Names Fayetteville Arkansas 10 Best College Towns 2014

Annual list ranks America’s top college towns

The atmosphere, scenery and people surrounding a college play a key role in the experience students have while attending classes. With this in mind, has named the 10 Best College Towns, 2014. These towns foster creativity, social interaction and recreational pursuits. They also share a synergy with the college that influences the entire community, providing dynamic settings while keeping with the traditions that honor the past.

Our editors took a football-themed approach when creating our fifth iteration of this list, breaking things down by conferences, grouping cities according to how their colleges are divided by the Football Bowl Subdivision and choosing the best college town in each division. They then calculated livability aspects but skewed the list toward measuring the impact these colleges and universities have on their cities and what would make life better for college-aged people. Our editors looked for places with housing affordability and high walkability, as well as cities with a high concentration of degree-holders and 25-to-34 year-olds to see if they were the kinds of cities that students would want to stay in once they graduated.

In addition, our editors checked out the entertainment scenes, recreational opportunities and cultural amenities these cities had to offer. They also looked at the partnerships that exist between the colleges and towns.

“If you look at our overall Top 100 Best Places to Live list, you’ll see many college towns at or near the top of the ranking,” says Editor Matt Carmichael. “That’s no coincidence. For a mid-sized city, having a college or university in town can help move a place from being a good place to live to a great place to live.”

Fayetteville’s southern charm, modern arts scene and innovative business schemes create a place that draws young families who crave a unique yet traditional small-town vibe. The University of Arkansas provides a base for the local economy that continues to grow as the college expands its programs and companies move in to take advantage of the school’s research facilities. Breathtaking natural attractions like the Ozark Mountains provide an abundance of outdoor activities, and areas like Dickson Street offer entertainment options.

10 Best College Towns, 2014

  1. Ames, IA
  2. Logan, UT
  3. Oxford, OH
  4. Fayetteville, AR
  5. Tempe, AZ
  6. Charlottesville, VA
  7. Champaign, IL
  8. Moscow, ID
  9. South Bend, IN
  10. Hattiesburg, MS


Main Street Siloam Springs

A few months ago, Parade magazine collected nominations for the Best Main Street in America. Over 2,000 downtowns were nominated, and from that group, a bracket of the top 16 towns was created. At the beginning of July, America began a voting tournament, and thanks to incredible support from the Northwest Arkansas Community, downtown Siloam Springs made it to the top four.Parade magazine (readership of 45 million) just released the printed publication of the results of this contest in the Sunday paper. Sunday’s Parade edition also featured an article by Barry Yeoman entitled “How to Revitalize Your Local Main Street” in which Siloam Springs is referenced and Main Street Siloam Springs Executive Director Meredith Bergstrom is quoted.

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetIf you didn’t get Sunday’s paper but would still like to read all about it, you can click here for a virtual tour of Parade’s top sixteen Main Streets, and you can click here to read Yeoman’s revitalization article. There’s a lot to love in downtown Siloam Springs – we’ll see you downtown!

Play it Forward Concert Series at Walmart Museum

Play it Forward Concert Series at The Walmart Museum

Play it Forward - Wal Mart Museum

Play it Forward is a series of concerts for the community. Tickets are $5 each with proceeds benefiting a different charitable organization for each event.

Saturday, Aug. 16 – Enjoy the vocal dexterity and deft harmonica stylings of R.J. Mischo as he performs his own brand of high voltage blues. Saturday, August 16th, at 6:30 pm in the Walmart World Room at The Walmart Museum. Tickets are $5 with proceeds benefiting the Literacy Council of Benton County. Doors open at 6. Tickets can be purchased in advance.

Saturday, Aug. 30– Come see the innovative jazz ensemble, The Tritones, founded on the need for a creative outlet to compose and perform original music. Saturday, August 16th, at 6:30 pm in the Walmart World Room at The Walmart Museum. Tickets are $5 with proceeds benefiting Havenwood. Doors open at 6. Tickets can be purchased in advance.

Saturday, Sept. 6– Enjoy local favorite Sarah Hughes’ powerful Southern voice as she offers traditional country storytelling with some southern jam-rock on the side. Saturday, September 6th, at 6:30 pm in the Walmart World Room at The Walmart Museum. Tickets are $5 each with proceeds benefiting the ALS Rogers Chapter. Doors open at 6. Tickets can be purchased in advance.