Key People & Contacts

Debbie Griffin

Debbie Griffin

Community Relations and Economic Development Director

dgriffin@bentonvillear..com
(479) 254-2028

Brian Bahr, PCED

Brian Bahr, PCED

Economic Development Manager

bbahr@bentonvillear.com
(479) 271-5997

Danielle Semsrott, AICP

Danielle Semsrott, AICP

Senior Planner

DSemsrott@bentonvillear.com
(479) 271-3122

Debbie Griffin

Debbie is responsible for the overall physical development and economic health of Bentonville while being a champion and advocate for locating new and expanding current businesses in the city. In addition to focusing on economic development, Debbie works with members of the media and serves as a liaison for Mayor Stephanie Orman for public and private partnerships with the City.  Debbie has more than 30 years of experience in communication, marketing, project management and team building. In her prior positions she served as EVP/COO with the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce. Debbie began her career in television broadcasting and then worked with Walmart, Sam’s Club and Fellowship Bible Church. Debbie is a native of Benton County and lives in Bentonville with her husband, Mark.

Brian Bahr

Brian is responsible for facilitating community and economic development planning and initiatives while identifying and fostering community economic development opportunities. By acting as a liaison between the public sector and private sector, Brian connects the dots for site consultants, businesses, industries, organizations and individuals throughout the economic development process. Brian has been with the City of Bentonville since 1999 working in various departments. His deep knowledge of city government serves those seeking to invest in Bentonville very well. Brian completed the requirement for the Professional Community and Economic Development certification in 2015.

Danielle Shasteen

With twelve years of city planning experience, Danielle is well-versed in all aspects of city planning and community development.  Danielle is focused on achieving positive results of strategic plans and working with departments within the city as well as businesses, organizations and individuals who are interested in participating in the exceptional growth of the City of Bentonville.  She holds a BS in Urban Planning, MA in Public Administration, and a graduate certificate in Project Management. Danielle graduated from Leadership Benton County in 2006, is the President of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Planning Association, President of the Arkansas Urban Forestry Council, and a Committee Chair for the NWA Business Women’s Conference.

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