announced today that Sen. David Sanders
of Little Rock had been named director
of Innovate Arkansas
, a state-funded effort administered by Winrock to encourage technology ventures.
had been director of the program. The news release didn't mention him and, as yet, I haven't been able to get an answer on any Innovate Arkansas phone number or from the source of the news release for a few other questions.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson
is quoted in the news release as saying:
“Ten years ago, the team at Winrock launched Innovate Arkansas to build the start-up ecosystem that is now thriving in our state. Under David’s leadership, Innovate Arkansas will continue to provide access to experienced growth advisers and expand the resources available to our state’s tech-based entrepreneurs,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson. “David has proven his leadership abilities in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. I am looking forward to the added value he will bring to Innovate Arkansas.”
Sanders' private sector job for 11 years has been to lead fund-raising for the Baptist Preparatory School. He's been a member of the state Senate since election
in 2012. He also served one term in the House.
Innovate is funded by a grant from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, $1.4 million a year. Winrock didn't respond to my query about Dalton or what Sanders' pay would be in the job, which is, though state-funded, not a state job. UPDATE: In late
afternoon, a Winrock spokesman said it didn't' comment on personnel. Pretty slick that a state senator can get a job financed by the state (and seemingly influenced by the governor, who announced the selection) but the terms can be kept secret. PS: They did confirm Dalton is no longer at Winrock.