Phase 2: Oct 2018 – Sept 2019

The Innovation Hub is part of the Economic Development Plan. It seeks to create a collaborative ecosystem – through programs and partnerships to drive innovation, entrepreneurship and economic empowerment in Pine Bluff and Southeast Arkansas.

GFPB has hired Mildred J. Franco as Executive Director of the Innovation Hub. Ms. Franco is currently researching models and potential partners to present a plan about what the Innovation Hub will offer. Ultimately, the Innovation Hub for Pine Bluff and Southeast Arkansas will have to take into consideration: 1) the DNA of the city and the region, 2) the needs of the community at large, and 3) the sustainability issue, in order to ensure its success.

The idea is to enhance and to leverage assets already in the community such as the Southeast Arkansas Arts & Science Center,  the UAPB Economic Research & Development Center, and the Pine Bluff Public Library, and also to partner with UAPB and Southeast Arkansas College, as well as other public and private entities in the city and the region.