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The symposium reported in this volume convened state officials and staff, business leaders, and leading national figures in early-stage finance, technology, engineering, education, and state and federal policies to review challenges, plans, and opportunities for innovation-led growth in Arkansas. The symposium included an assessment of Arkansas’ natural, industrial, and human resources; an identification of key sectors and issues; and a discussion of how the state might leverage national programs to support its economic development goals.

This summary includes an introduction that highlights key issues raised at the meeting and a summary of the meeting’s presentations. This workshop summary has been prepared by the workshop rapporteur as a factual summary of what occurred at the workshop. The planning committee’s role was limited to planning and convening the workshop. The statements made are those of the rapporteur or individual workshop participants and do not necessarily represent the views of all workshop participants, the planning committee, or the National Academies.


On behalf of the National Academies, we express our appreciation and recognition for the insights, experiences, and perspectives made available by the participants of this meeting. We are indebted to Alan Anderson for summarizing the proceedings of the meeting and to Tom Howell for preparing the draft introduction. We are also indebted to Sujai Shivakumar and David Dawson of the STEP staff for preparing the report manuscript for publication.


This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Academies’ Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for quality and objectivity. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process.

We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: John Ahlen, Arkansas Science & Technology Authority; Edward Malecki, Ohio State University; Lora Lee Martin, California Council on Science and Technology; and Eric Sandgren, University of Arkansas, Little Rock.

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