When talking about my business background, I leave it to others to tell you about who I am.  To do that, I provide you with a reputable reporter's account, as published in the Northwest Arkansas' The Morning News.  The article recounted my leaving the Northwest Arkansas Council.




By John T. Anderson

The Morning News

FAYETTEVILLE — Uvalde Lindsey saw people around him drawing brackish well water and driving on rutted dirt roads to work at low-paying jobs while as he grew up in Boone County in the ’50s. He wondered what life held for him. “What do people in the Ozarks do for a living? There wasn’t a lot to do,” Lindsey said. Lindsey would become a key player in regional politics over the next half-century, helping create highways and public water projects across Northwest Arkansas. He worked with politicians ranging from John Paul Hammerschmidt to Bill Clinton, learning the art of compromise.

Through his work as executive director with the Northwest Arkansas Council, he was instrumental in creating a major airport on a farm field in the little town of Highfill. Lindsey saw the project through tedious environmental studies, financial wrangling, regional in-fighting and criticism that Northwest Arkansas was not ready for an airport of its size. The airport opened in 1998 with then President Clinton in attendance. Since then, it has exceeded expectations — last year more than 488,000 travelers flew out of the airport. Lindsey, 65, will step down from the council later this year.

Lindsey sold his auto parts business in 1982. Over a 20-year span he expanded it to 18 stores. It was a natural progression to go to work for the Harrison Economic Development District in 1985, where he helped plan U.S. 412, a federal highway designed to stretch between Tennessee and Oklahoma — and pass through Harrison.

He worked on projects bringing water lines to rural families in Marion, Newton, Madison and Searcy counties. Relating those days of meeting with rural folk who had lived for decades with bad water, wells lights up his eyes more than talk about the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport.

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Reprinted in part, with permission.