REX NELSON: Lessons from Pine Bluff

Posted: October 29, 2017 at 1:52 a.m.

There are just three people in the office, which is part of the Simmons Bank complex in downtown Pine Bluff. Still, it's a beehive of activity on this Thursday afternoon. Ryan Watley is the chief executive officer of Go Forward Pine Bluff. Lee Cockrum serves as office manager, and Mildred Franco directs an innovation hub. They're working feverishly to coordinate various efforts that, if successful, could change the trajectory of Arkansas' most maligned city. Should it occur, the rebirth of this historic city will be one of the biggest stories in Arkansas during the next decade.

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