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Economic Development works to expand economic opportunity and prosperity in Arkansas through talent development, innovative research and technologies, community service, and place-making strategies. As the state’s flagship university and a land-grant institution, the University of Arkansas is committed to engaging, collaborating and providing outreach to the residents, businesses, and governmental and civic entities of the state to make sustained advances in economic capacity and quality of place.

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Office of Economic Development

The Office of Economic Development works to expand economic opportunity and prosperity in Arkansas through talent development, innovative research and technologies, community service, and place-making strategies.

Stacy L. Leeds
Stacy L. Leeds
(LAW)-Law
Vice Chancellor for Economic Development
Andy Albertson
Andy Albertson
(UREL)-University Relations
Project/Program Specialist
Tim Penhallegon
Tim Penhallegon
(TLTR)-Technology Ventures
Director of Budget and Admin. for Tech Ventures and VCED
Cindy J. Ryan
Cindy J. Ryan
(VCED)-Vice Chancellor for Economic Development
Administrative Specialist III

Affiliated Units

Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation creates and curates innovation and entrepreneurship experiences for students, faculty, and alumni across all disciplines. Home to the Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub, the McMillon Innovation Studio, and the U of A Startup Village.

Sarah Goforth
Sarah Goforth
(WCOB)-Walton College of Business
Director of Outreach
Rogelio Garcia Contreras
Rogelio Garcia Contreras
(WCOB)-Walton College of Business
Director of Social Innovation
Jessica Ruth Salmon
Jessica Ruth Salmon
(WCOB)-Walton College of Business
Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation
Deb Williams
Deb Williams
(WCOB)-Walton College of Business
Director of Student Programs

Office of Industry Engagement

The Office of Industry Engagement is a one-stop shop for businesses and University of Arkansas faculty looking to build partnerships on campus.

Cynthia Sides
Cynthia Sides
(VCRI)-Vice Chancellor - Research & Innovation
Director, Innovation and Industry Partnerships
Lauren Rachelle Merriman
Lauren Rachelle Merriman
(VCRI)-Vice Chancellor - Research & Innovation
Assoc. Director for Industry Research

Technology Ventures

Technology Ventures manages, protects, and commercializes the intellectual property portfolio of the University of Arkansas. Technology Ventures serves the university's faculty, staff, and students as well as external inventors and entrepreneurs to disseminate knowledge, technology, and products to the public market to generate revenue and future research support.

David Edward Snow
David Edward Snow
(TLTR)-Technology Ventures
Executive Director
David J. Hinton
David J. Hinton
(TLTR)-Technology Ventures
Associate Director
Mark Allen Lanoue
Mark Allen Lanoue
(VCED)-Vice Chancellor for Economic Development
Technology Manager

World Trade Center Arkansas

The World Trade Center Arkansas is dedicated to growing bilateral trade for the state by delivering world class services, global connections, and export development programs to Arkansas businesses.

W. Dan Hendrix
W. Dan Hendrix
(AWTC)-Arkansas World Trade Center
President & CEO, Arkansas World Trade Center
Boon W. Tan
Boon W. Tan
(AWTC)-Arkansas World Trade Center
Senior Director of Global Trade Strategy
Denise Michelle Henderson
Denise Michelle Henderson
(AWTC)-Arkansas World Trade Center
Director of Africa & Middle East Trade
Melvin Torres
Melvin Torres
(AWTC)-Arkansas World Trade Center
Director of Western Hemisphere Trade
Director of Trade
Trish Watkins
Trish Watkins
(AWTC)-Arkansas World Trade Center
Director of Grants, Finance & Human Resources
Felicia R. Garner
Felicia R. Garner
(AWTC)-Arkansas World Trade Center
Development Specialist
Brandon James Howard
Brandon James Howard
(AWTC)-Arkansas World Trade Center
Communications Specialist
Beverly Coleman Keown
Beverly Coleman Keown
(AWTC)-Arkansas World Trade Center
Administrative Specialist

Arkansas Research and Technology Park

The Arkansas Research and Technology Park is a knowledge community focused on innovation and technology development in association with the University of Arkansas and is rapidly gaining recognition as a hub for commercialization of emerging technologies.

Phil Stafford
Phil Stafford
(UEDI)-UA Economic Development Institute
President, Arkansas Research Technology Park

Corporate and Foundation Relations

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations was established to support, coordinate, and integrate student advancement, research, and university outreach activities with industry and mission-based organizations.

Cherie Rachel
Cherie Rachel
(VCED)-Vice Chancellor for Economic Development
Senior Director
Laura Mabry
Laura Mabry
(VCED)-Vice Chancellor for Economic Development
Assistant Director
Kristen Ligon
Kristen Ligon
(UDEV)-University Development
Administrative Support Supervisor

University of Arkansas Small Business and Technology Center

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas helps small businesses thrive. We provide one-on-one confidential consulting and guidance to support enterprising Arkansans in the Northwest Arkansas region.

Mary Beth Brooks
Mary Beth Brooks
(SBDC)-Small Business Development Center
Director and Executive in Residence
Julie Preddy
Julie Preddy
(VCED)-Vice Chancellor for Economic Development
Assistant Director, Communications & Events
Lori Lieblong
Lori Lieblong
(SBDC)-Small Business Development Center
Business Consultant
Juliana Echeverri
Juliana Echeverri
(SBDC)-Small Business Development Center
Business Consultant

Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative

Founded at the University of Arkansas School of Law, the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative enhances health and wellness in tribal communities by advancing healthy food systems, diversified development and cultural food traditions in Indian Country.

Colby D. Duren
Colby D. Duren
(IFAI)-Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative
Director
Blake Jackson
Blake Jackson
(IFAI)-Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative
Policy Officer and Staff Attorney
Whitney Leigh Sawney
Whitney Leigh Sawney
(IFAI)-Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative
Communications Manager and Program Specialist

Economic Development
Administration Building
ADMN 205B
1125 W. Maple St.
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

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Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
123 West Mountain St.
Fayetteville, AR 72704
(479) 575-2470
oei@uark.edu 
entrepreneurship.uark.edu

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World Trade Center Arkansas
3300 S Market St # 400
Rogers, AR 72758
(479) 418-4805
www.arwtc.org