Bentonville, AR...Mayor Stephanie Orman of Bentonville proclaimed June 5 as “Future Mobility Day” in the city of Bentonville, Ark., in honor of the tech-sector leaders and investors gathered at the 2022 UP.Summit with the shared objective of promoting cleaner, safer, more affordable mobility and transportation in our city, state, nation, and world.
Mayor Orman delivered the proclamation during the UP.Summit Community Day at Thaden Fieldhouse on June 5. More than 3,000 attendees from across the area had a look at next generation vehicles, interactive technology, demonstrations and more. The exhibitors showcased an abundance of out of this world futuristic technology, such as flying cars, autonomous and electric planes, trucks, cars, excavators and drones.
A nod to history, the event also included a flyover of three historic War Birds, including a Good year F2G Super Corsair known as “Race 57”, flown by Steuart Walton. Walton was joined by two other pilots who flew the historic Supermarine Spitfire Mark 18 and the North American P-51D Mustang known as “Was That Too Fast”.
The day kicked off with a moon rover traversing through Bentonville’s downtown square, beginning outside the historical Walmart Museum. The rover was provided by Venturi Astrolab, an aerospace company based in California pioneering new ways to explore and operate on distant planetary bodies.
Following Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson’s commitment to make Arkansas a global leader in next generation transportation, the world’s 250 most dynamic thinkers, doers and investors representing all facets of mobility have converged in Bentonville for the 2022 UP.Summit, which officially starts today and runs through Wednesday, June 8.
Now in its fifth year, the UP.Summit is an invitation-only event that attracts CEOs of some of the world’s biggest companies, founders of the most inspiring start-ups and capital allocators representing more than $1 trillion of assets under management.
For more information on the UP.Summit, please visit up.partners. The full City of Bentonville proclamation can be found here.
UP.Summit is an annual gathering of the world’s most innovative minds in transportation. CEOs of global leaders in mobility and logistics convene each year to discuss how to accelerate progress toward cleaner, faster, safer, efficient and accessible movement of people and goods on the ground, in the air, over the oceans, and through space. The invitation-only UP.Summit brings together executives from large corporations like Airbus, Honeywell, Apple, ExxonMobil, Alaska Airlines, Sixt Rent-a-Car, Google, and Walmart, as well as high-growth startups like Gatik, Zipline, Canoo, Axiom Space, and Redwood Materials. The UP.Summit was founded in 2017 and is jointly organized by UP.Partners, the Walton Family, and the Perot Family.
Transportation is the underlying fabric of society. UP.Partners invests in the pioneering entrepreneurs who are creating the key enabling technologies that help move people and goods cleaner, faster, safer, and at lower cost on the ground, in the air, over the oceans, and through space. UP.Partners with some of the world's most innovative investors and companies including Alaska Airlines, ARK Invest, and Woven Capital, the investment arm of Toyota subsidiary Woven Planet Group. UP.Summit convenes the mobility community's brightest minds each year to help humanity go UP. Together, the UP community is transforming the moving world. For more information, visit UP.Partners or follow on Twitter @UpPartnersVC or LinkedIn.