Gary Campbell has been elected chairman of the board of Accelerate Arkansas. Mike Malone has been hired as vice chairman. Accelerate Arkansas is a group of business and education leaders in the state with the goal of raising per capita income of Arkansas residents to the U.S. average by 2020.
A study commissioned by the Arkansas Research Alliance finds the state well positioned to create more high-paying jobs. The report aims to gauge progress of a 2009 plan to develop "knowledge-based" jobs.
The challenges involve commercializing intellectual property from research universities and developing a place that can accelerate and develop new enterprises from both the university as well as from private sector ideas as with Innovate Arkansas.
Today, nearly 30 years after Arkansas took the first steps to replicate home grown job creation, there are certainly jobs to count, but it’s perhaps more important to recognize that Arkansas is well positioned for the future because it has formed a globally competitive, technology-based economic development ecosystem driven by multi-organizational investments, know-how and collaboration.