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North Little Rock Sponsors Bringing Make48 To Arkansas

City of North Little Rock

North Little Rock is a city that sits in Pulaski County, Arkansas, across from Little Rock. The city is sponsoring the innovation competition that will be hosted by the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub at Winrock International, a vital partner for the City of North Little Rock.

The city’s Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development serves the residents and its entrepreneurs by implementing programs and services that stimulate economic, community and workforce development in North Little Rock and Terry Hartwick serves as the city’s mayor. From festivals, concerts, sports, attractions, performing arts and outdoor adventures, North Little Rock offers a wide variety of activities. Beauty, relaxation, refreshment awaits! Visit the website


The Acxiom team met with Tom Gray and Errin Stanger early on to bring the competition to North Little Rock. Acxiom is a customer intelligence company that provides data-driven solutions to enable the world’s best marketers to better understand their customers to create better experiences and business growth.

Headquartered in Conway, Ark., Acxiom is a leader in identity, customer data management and the ethical use of data for more than 50 years. They enable people-based marketing everywhere through a simple, open approach to connecting systems and data to drive better customer experiences for people and greater ROI for business. Acxiom now helps thousands of clients and partners around the globe work together to create millions of better customer experiences, every day.

The University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College

The University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College is sponsoring a special VIP event and giving our guests a culinary experience they won’t forget! UA-PTC is a public college in North Little Rock, Arkansas. They offer more than 80 programs, degrees and certificates of high-quality education that promotes student learning and enables individuals to develop to their fullest potential. Programs of study include Culinary Arts and Food Service, Baking & Pastry Arts, Business & Industry, Technical Sciences and Liberal Arts & Humanities.

The technical college serves the educational needs of Pulaski, Saline, Faulkner, Lonoke and the surrounding counties in Central Arkansas. The Pulaski Tech Titans will represent UA-PTC in the competition! Shaun, David and David come from a wide variety of disciplines and will represent the essence of UA-PTC’s impact.

First Orion

One of the fastest growing telecommunications technology providers is supporting innovation. First Orion has been a leader in mobile communications technology since 2008.

What started as a tiny office in small-town Arkansas is now a full-scale, international enterprise effort. First Orion is headquartered in North Little Rock with offices in Seattle, London and Dubai.

Alessi Keyes Construction

Skilled professionals bring commitment and quality to every project. Alessi Keyes Construction firm is known for their integrity, value and promoting safety. They specialize in commercial construction, government projects, retail, renovations, additions and masonry work.

Locally-owned, the community-focused business has more than 50 years of experience and a long-standing relationship with the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.

Argenta Wealth Management

Argenta Wealth Management is a Financial Advisory Firm that helps people achieve their goals and improve their communities. They provide experience with transparent and objective strategies for family and business issues. Argenta Wealth is a fee-only boutique wealth management firm committed to helping their clients improve their long-term financial success.

President John Gaudin has 30 years experience in the Investment Advisory business and owns Argenta Wealth Management. His experience includes leading the advisory firm’s family, business and institut

North Little Rock Public Library System

North Little Rock’s public library system is so much more than books! The William F. Laman Public Library has two branches - Laman Public Library and Argenta Public library. The Laman Public Library location offers a genealogy room, a full-service passport facility, and an art gallery. The branch in the historic Argenta District houses its own art gallery as well as a computer lab and youth department. And for those who can’t get out, homebound patrons can sign up for monthly deliveries.

The mission of the NLR Library system is to maintain and improve the quality of life for all citizens in the community by providin

g resources that enhance and contribute to literacy and foster community engagement with information, culture and civic life. Whatever the community needs, the William F. Laman Public Library is here to serve you!

Economics Arkansas

Economics Arkansas is a private, non-profit, non-partisan, educational organization founded in 1962. Economics Arkansas trains PreK-12 teachers how to incorporate principles of economics and personal finance into the classroom curriculum. Economic education is real life because all young people will grow up and become part of the marketplace.

Economics Arkansas provides resources for teachers in both public and independent schools in Arkansas. Their belief is that through training teachers, the multiplier effect is achieved. Each school year, the training a teacher receives through Economics Arkansas can impact new children.

First Security Bank

Since 2001, First Security Bank has met the financing needs for Arkansans. Based in Searcy, Arkansas, First Security Bank operates in 78 locations across the state of Arkansas and is a division of Arkansas’ fifth largest bank holding company, First Security Bankcorp.

With more than 1,000 employees covering locations throughout the state, they offer solutions for the financial needs of individuals, businesses and the public sector, including a network of local community banks, respected investment banking and wealth management services, public finance, real estate development and revitalization, leasing and mortgage services.

Heartland Forward

At Heartland Forward, they unleash the Heartland's potential and improve the economic performance in the center of the United States by advocating for fact-based solutions to foster: Job creation, knowledge-based & inclusive growth and improved health outcomes. Based in Bentonville, Ark., Heartland Forward's work focuses on the entire heartland region which comprises 20 states. As a nonpartisan, nonprofit "think and do" tank, Heartland Forward is turning their analysis into action. Heartland Forward believes this is a differentiator in the work they do.

The five goals to meet this commitment are:

IDENTIFY emerging issues for the region's economy and communities.

SERVE as a resource for policymakers, business leaders, communities and other researchers.

DEVELOP policy solutions based on our data and economic expertise.

HELP change the narrative about the middle of the country by leading convenings, such as the Heartland Summit and other events across the Heartland.

PARTNER and collaborate for greater impact.

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