Blue Lion Bikeway Ribbon Cutting in Fort Smith, Ark. Sept. 7

Tuesday, August 30 at 06:45 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

It's an honor for Arvest Bank to make a $50,000 donation to the Blue Lion Bikeway in Fort Smith, Ark., and to co-sponsor the ribbon cutting on Sept. 7.

The path to downtown Fort Smith just got a little easier for the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus community and those living along the seven miles of streets now designated as the Blue Lion Bikeway, a path that will benefit Fort Smith residents and will be celebrated during a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Sept. 7 at the Campus Green at UAFS.

Co-sponsored by Arvest Bank and UAFS, the ribbon cutting will recognize the bikeway connecting the campus to the city’s downtown area via seven miles of streets designated as sharrows, or shared bicycle lanes. The corridor spans Kinkead Ave., Park Ave. and North E St.

The bikeway was made possible through a $50,000 donation from Arvest in January to fund the installation of traffic signs and the painting of the sharrow designation on city roads, and the route will offer numerous perks to the Fort Smith community.

Specifically, the city will see a benefit by connecting neighborhoods to parks and public facilities, promoting exercise for local residents, improving land values, and growing economic development. Moreover, the painted roadways will provide a safety factor by reminding motorists of the presence of bike riders along this designated route.

“The bikeway is hitting multiple areas where people will benefit,” said Chris Raible, Business Banking Manager at Arvest and member of the Parks and Recreation Committee. “It’s going to increase commerce to downtown just from people biking down there, and studies have shown that trails and bikeways increase land values where they’re located.”

Raible said the bikeway will serve as a “connecting point” for the network of trails comprising the city’s burgeoning trails and greenways system. The bikeway will link to the recently completed Greg Smith Riverwalk Trail along the Arkansas River.

Running more than 30 miles, the trails system was commissioned by the city’s Parks and Recreation Committee after overwhelming community support. Local businesses that have supported the trails system include Arvest, Sparks Health System, Propak Logistics, BHC Insurance, Littlefield Oil, Hanna Oil & Gas, Mercy Health, Walther Arms, First National Bank of Fort Smith, and Weldon, Williams & Lick.

Raible pointed to the 2014 Fort Smith Comprehensive Plan, where the trails and greenways system was mentioned more than 40 times in the document, as evidence of support for the system.

“Because the comprehensive plan was a project compiled by the citizens of Fort Smith to outline a vision of the future for the community, that really emphasizes that this is something the citizens want,” Raible said.

UAFS students played an integral part in shaping the bikeway, as the university selected a student to be a member of the Trails and Greenways Committee, which allowed the students to have a voice in the bikeway’s creation, in addition assisting the committee in gathering data.

In a show of student support, the university’s Student Government Association passed a resolution in 2014 supporting a route connecting the campus to the trails and greenways system. 

“Every major city around us has trails systems, and it really is a strong draw for young people,” said Matthew Farrar, a UAFS graduate who served as the UAFS representative to the committee. “This is one more step towards a healthier and greener community, but also a community that is focused on keeping young people here and addressing their interests and needs.”

The ribbon cutting is free and open to the public, and free food and drink will be available for those in attendance. For more information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Underwood, associate vice chancellor for government and community relations, at 479-788-7008 or elizabeth.underwood@uafs.edu.

Tags: Arkansas, Community Support, Fort Smith, Press Release
 

Friday Financial Forum Sept. 2 in Bartlesville, Okla.

Tuesday, August 30 at 05:35 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Join us Friday, Sept. 2 at 10 a.m. for our Friday Financial Forum. We will meet at the Friday Forum Room at Arvest's East Side Branch, located at 4225 S.E. Adams Rd. in Bartlesville, Okla.*

Our featured speaker will be Joe Todd  veteran, writer and historian   who will present a special tribute to those who labored on the home front during World War II. He is well known across the state for his extensive interviews of veterans who have served their country with honor, publicizing their narratives for future generations. Todd  a veteran of the Vietnam War, Gulf War and intervention in Haiti  enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 19. His grandfather served in World War I and his father served in World War II. 

What you can also expect at the event:

  • Information: Community leaders share topical, local and state information (Sen. John Ford, Rep. Earl Sears & Rep. Travis Dunlap) 
  • News: "The Scoop"  all about business and community happenings in Bartlesville (Billie Roane, Arvest Bank) 
  • Stock Report & Economic Update: Josh Randolph**, Arvest Wealth Management, and Sonya Reed***, Arvest Wealth Management
  • Hilarious Anecdotes: Jim Bohnsack, Arvest Bank

Each week brings a few surprises! Invite a friend to enjoy delicious homemade cookies and hear about what’s going on in the Bartlesville area. If you have any questions or would like to be included on the invitation email list, please contact Billie Roane at (918) 337-4358. We look forward to seeing you there!

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

**Josh Randolph - Oklahoma Insurance License #122041
***
Sonya Reed-  Oklahoma Insurance License # 111796

Tags: Bartlesville, Community Support, Oklahoma
 

Kansas City Skyline Debit Card is Here!

Monday, August 29 at 09:35 AM
Category: Arvest News

We might be biased, but Kansas City has a beautiful skyline and we thought it would be pretty neat to have an Arvest debit card that featured it! So, we held a debit card contest where associates were asked to put their photography skills to use and submit a picture of the Kansas City skyline. The top five photographs were voted on and the most popular picture was deemed the winner! 

Congratulations to Angela Lollis, Administrative Assistant, on her winning photo of Kansas City at dusk!

“I’ve always had a passion for art, especially photography,” Lollis said. “I studied film photography in college, taught myself digital, and eventually worked up to a professional level and started my own business. Now I mainly shoot weddings, and that’s where I can be found many Saturdays outside of Arvest. But I absolutely love the opportunity to photograph landscapes and cityscapes when given the chance, so I was excited when this contest came along!”

The debit card is now available to order at arvest.com/style. What an amazing way to show Kansas City pride! 

Tags: Debit Cards, Kansas City
 

Fall Excursion in Fayetteville, Ark.

Friday, August 26 at 06:20 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Please join us for a day of exercising your imagination at Terra-Studios – home of the bluebird of happiness – in Fayetteville, Ark.. On Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. we invite those of all ages to tour the property and watch the glass blower make bluebirds. Try your hand at making a pinch pot or a big mouth creature, learn to paint a bed rock or a nature scene or even make a greeting card. All projects will be ready for you in time to give as holiday gifts. 

Classes are age specific and either option is only $29.99 per person. 
 
  • Option 1: (Ages 2- Adult) Pinch Pots and Painted Pet Rocks or Nature Painting Class (and lunch) 
  • Option 2: (Ages 7-Adult) Big Mouth Creature and Handmade Greeting Card class (and lunch) 
Terra Studios is located at 12103 Hazel Valley Rd., Fayetteville, Ark., just southeast of Fayetteville, approximately 48 miles from Bentonville. Attendees will need to provide their own transportation. 
 
To reserve your spot, please contact Carolyn Grieve at cgrieve@arvest.com or (479) 271-1371. Registration and payment deadline is Sept. 26, 2016. 

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest Benton County, Community Support, Fayetteville
 

When Does the Travel Bug Bite?

Thursday, August 25 at 10:25 AM
Category: Personal Finance

When does the travel bug bite you? It has become the American standard to cram vacations into the summer season when the kids are out of school and the sun beckons. Not everyone agrees. There’s another smaller portion of our population that considers travel enticing in the fall. 

Summer crowds have thinned and the formerly blazing summer temperatures have dropped a bit. Some go into the great outdoors in weather conditions perfect for adventure. Others appreciate the quiet roads and now-attainable restaurant and hotel reservations as the tourist hustle and bustle dwindles. Search your favorite online travel reservation site, and you may be surprised to see offers for amazing packages and discounts at this off-peak time of the year. 

How can businesses afford to offer these deals? With the close of summer vacation season since school is in session for the year, families can’t travel. People are also saving up for the holidays and don’t want to allocate any disposable income towards a vacation. This is an opportune time for people to get away from it all; there’s less demand and more availability. 

Destinations that are primarily leisure getaway locales like the Caribbean are very sensitive to these low seasons. They look to this time to market their accommodations and experiences to those who would otherwise look away. By giving you incredible deals and unique experiences at a time when their establishments would be empty otherwise, their goal is to convert you into a loyal, repeat customer. 
 
Frances Liu, who specialized in luxury vacation offerings for a major U.S. airline, said, “Don’t look just at price; consider the quality of the services and caliber of the establishment to get the most for your money. You could be upgraded to a suite or nicer room, gifted a travel credit, or offered restaurant discounts and vouchers.” 
 
Sometimes all you have to do is ask! They want you to have that magical vacation experience so you will come back. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Before you pack your bags, make sure your wallet is ready too. Look into the travel benefits of your credit card as they vary from each provider and can include coverage such as worldwide acceptance of your payment method, travel and emergency services, auto rental insurance at no additional cost, and generous automatic travel accident insurance. 

Avoid payment issues by letting your bank and credit card agencies know you are traveling. Many offer the convenience of a virtual travel alert form within your online account to easily check that off your to-do list. For example, Arvest Flex Rewards™ credit card offers an online card manager site with your own unique login created when you open the account. This allows you to safely and instantly track your charges, schedule bill pay, and now let your bank know when you are traveling with the quick functionality of a simple virtual form. 

If you don’t have a credit card that gives you these types of benefits and more, check out Arvest Flex Rewards™ credit cards where new credit card accounts created by Sept. 30, 2016, can earn up to $50 in rewards bonus points** and additional rewards points on every purchase to redeem for cash back, statement credits, booking travel and shopping. Be sure to tell your friends at Arvest about the vacation deals you find! Happy hunting!
 
**Open a new Arvest Personal Credit Card to qualify for the one-time bonus of up to $50 after spending $2,000 on eligible purchases within the first (3) months of account opening. $50 bonus is awarded as 5,000 rewards points in the Arvest Flex Rewards™ program. Arvest Flex Rewards™ is a program where you can earn one point for every $1 you spend using your Arvest Credit Card. The 5,000 bonus points will be awarded in installments through a tiered payout model. Make $1,000 in purchases and earn 2,500 bonus points; make an additional $1,000 in purchases and earn an additional 2,500 bonus points. Eligible purchases can be made by the primary cardholder or any additional cardholders on a single Card Account. Limit one 5,000 points bonus per Card Account. Eligible purchases do NOT include fees or interest charges, balance transfers, cash advances, convenience check transactions, purchases of traveler’s checks, purchases or reloading of prepaid cards or purchases of other cash equivalents. Bonus points will be applied to your account within three billing cycles after your qualifying purchase. To be eligible for either bonus offer, the Card Account must be open and not in default as of the date the bonus points are applied. Bonus offers are subject to credit approval. For complete details, ask an Arvest associate or go to arvest.com/dreams. Offer valid from August 1 through September 30, 2016.

Tags: Credit Cards

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