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Grant Promotes Growth of Knowledge-Based Economy in Arkansas

Accelerate Arkansas Seeks to Increase State Competitiveness in Global Economy

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (November 26, 2012) – The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) recently awarded $100,000 to Accelerate Arkansas to implement its strategic approach to building the state's knowledge-based economy.

“Accelerate Arkansas continues to serve as an important advocate for the economic growth of our state,” said Dr. Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury, president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. “To move the needle in Arkansas, we must commit to effective economic and workforce development strategies that attract high-skilled jobs to our state.”

Accelerate Arkansas will use the grant from WRF to educate stakeholders, encourage and strengthen partnerships and programs, and increase support for knowledge-based economic development strategies.

“Over the last eight years, Accelerate Arkansas has worked to create high-wage jobs and a more skilled workforce in Arkansas,” said Dr. Charisse Childers, Executive Director of Accelerate Arkansas. “WRF’s funding expands our ability to support strategies that will position the state to strengthen its competitiveness in the global economy.”

About the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

For over 35 years, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation has helped to build and sustain the organizations that serve and strengthen Arkansas. Through grantmaking and strategic partnerships, we are working hard to help close the economic and educational gaps that leave too many Arkansas families in persistent poverty.

About Accelerate Arkansas

Accelerate Arkansas is a statewide volunteer group of 70 business, professional, and education leaders. The organization seeks to increase the Arkansas per capita personal income to the United States average by 2020 through expanding the knowledge-based workforce and job opportunities in the state.


Mr. Cory Anderson

Vice President

Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

(501) 376-6854


Dr. Charisse Childers

Executive Director

Accelerate Arkansas

(501) 690-7780