Gary Newton Launches Arkansas Learns, Leaves Little Rock Chamber

by Luke Jones  on Tuesday, Jul. 31, 2012 2:36 pm  

Gary Newton, executive vice president of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, announced Tuesday that he has left the chamber to launch Arkansas Learns, a new nonprofit focused on education reform.

According to a news release, the nonprofit is funded by a Walton Family Foundation grant and "is projected to be independent and self-sustaining." Newton is Arkansas Learns' president and CEO.

On its website,, the group describes itself as a nonpartisan alliance of employers "dedicated to excellent education for all students to ensure the talent and workforce necessary for Arkansas to successfully compete in a global economy."

"Over the years, I have had offers to lead other chambers -- Jefferson City, Mo., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, among others -- but the opportunity for professional advancement and personal reward have never trumped my desire to do what I love in a place I love," Newton said in a news release.



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