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Christopher Jones has been hired as executive director of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, Winrock International said Wednesday.

The Innovation Hub in North Little Rock is a nonprofit organization dedicated to training members, students and volunteers in creativity, technology and entrepreneurial pursuits.

"The Innovation Hub, with its outstanding staff, has unlimited potential to strengthen the community and further develop a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout the state and beyond," Jones said.

Jones, a native of Pine Bluff, has a background in nuclear engineering and urban planning. He holds five degrees, including a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"[Jones'] strong scientific background and phenomenal academic accomplishments combined with his dynamic community-building skills make him a natural for this position," said Randy Ferguson, Winrock's chief executive officer.

-- David Smith

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