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Strategic Training for Rural Innovative and Vibrant Economies (STRIVE)

How do rural municipal leaders learn to grow their local economies and improve their town’s quality of life? It all begins with the proper tools. Funded by USDA Rural Development, the Strategic Training for Rural Innovative and Vibrant Economies (STRIVE) project provides those vital tools. From prioritizing local problems and identifying local successes to assessing…

Creating Regional Economies and Technical Expertise

America’s wealth gap is prevalent across rural and urban communities. Much of Arkansas is rural and prospers, but poverty and unemployment continue to plague many areas of the state. Citizens and community leaders lack access to technical know-how that would move these areas forward. Through the Creating Regional Economies and Technical Expertise project, Winrock provides…

Agribusiness Competitiveness Activity in Tajikistan (ACAT)

Funded by USAID, the Agribusiness Competitiveness Activity in Tajikistan (ACAT) will increase the competitiveness, inclusiveness and resilience of the country’s market systems. The five-year activity will implement a market-driven, private sector-led approach to stimulate economic growth, increase employment and improve livelihoods by enhancing the competitiveness of Tajikistan’s agribusinesses in the dairy and horticulture value chains.…

Delta Innovation Fund

Budding entrepreneurs in the Mississippi River Delta region often lack resources crucial to business success — a deficit that discourages job creation, stunts economic growth and perpetuates persistent poverty. To address these issues, the Delta I-Fund program, in partnership with the Delta Regional Authority, trains cohorts of entrepreneurs in successful startup practices, connects them with local…

Innovate Arkansas VI

Though the bulk of Winrock’s programs are outside the United States, we are committed to improving lives in our home state of Arkansas by boosting the state’s competitiveness in the increasingly important high-tech economy. To do that, we work with technology inventors and entrepreneurs to smooth the often difficult journey from raw idea or insight…


Guinea has plenty of farmable land and water, a large youth population, and three quarters of its labor force employed in agriculture. But despite these advantages, the nation is still one of the poorest in the world. One reason is the lack of opportunity that prevents women and youth from contributing significantly to the economy.…

Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub

We have worked hard to create an accessible space that is open to anyone who wants to Learn and Build with us.  We believe that the challenges of the 21st-century economy require us to do everything we can to develop, retain, and attract talent — which has always been our state’s greatest asset. That demands […]
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Tanzania Global Water for Sustainability (GLOWS)

Tanzania has relatively abundant water resources, although population growth and poor management has made shortages increasingly common. The goal of this project is to use market-driven approaches to support sustainable access to water, particularly in poor and rural areas. Part of the solution is to increase the number and effectiveness of entrepreneurs engaged in water…
gathering of business owners in Arkansas

Regional Entrepreneur Assistance Program

Success in the global economy starts at the local level. Only when communities have access to capital, business knowledge, trained employees and other resources can companies launch and grow. This program establishes business development incubators across Arkansas that provides rural entrepreneurs the information and training they need to succeed.

RCDI-Capacity Assistance for Regional Economies

Although many parts of Arkansas have prospered thanks to increased economic development, rural areas of the state are still plagued by high levels of unemployment and poverty. Because municipalities and other locally based organizations are on the front lines of addressing these problems, it’s vital their leaders have the knowledge to develop effective strategies to…
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