Arkansas commission calls for 'sustainable' P3 to advance data analytics

Dive Brief:

  • An Arkansas commission recently released a 24-page report calling on the state to establish a "sustainable" public-private partnership that could increase the state's competitiveness and capabilities in data analytics and computing.
  • The commission — dubbed the Blue Ribbon Commission to Report on the Economic Competitiveness of Computing and Data Analytics in Arkansas — was formed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in March 2017 to study opportunities for economic growth in relation to computer science.
  • The report notes that the new Arkansas Partnership for Data Analytics and Computing will require at least $25 million over a five-year period to address tech recruiting challenges; develop and retain homegrown tech talent; advance a "high-value business environment" for data analytics and computing and foster career pathways for industry professionals.

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Article by Kristin Musulin