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      Rockefeller Grant to enhance State's Global Economy knowledge

      (KATV, Source:WRF) Little Rock - The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) recently awarded$100,000 to Accelerate Arkansas to implement its strategic approach to buildingthe state's knowledge-based economy.

      "Accelerate Arkansascontinues to serve as an important advocate for the economic growth of ourstate," said Dr. Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury, president and CEO of the WinthropRockefeller Foundation. "To move the needle in Arkansas, we must commit to effectiveeconomic and workforce development strategies that attract high-skilled jobs toour state."

      AccelerateArkansas will use the grant from WRF to educate stakeholders, encourage andstrengthen partnerships and programs, and increase support for knowledge-basedeconomic development strategies.

      "Over the lasteight years, Accelerate Arkansas has worked to create high-wage jobs and a moreskilled workforce in Arkansas," said Dr. CharisseChilders, Executive Director of Accelerate Arkansas."WRF's funding expands our ability to support strategies that will position thestate to strengthen its competitiveness in the global economy."

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