Winthrop Rockefeller Institute hosts entrepreneur Steve Radley for event

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The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute will host entrepreneur expert Steve Radley, for its November Uncommon Communities session.

Radley is a veteran entrepreneur and the President & CEO of NetWork Kansas. He was the 28th employee at tech startup Brite Voice Systems in Wichita. During his time at Brite, the company grew from $6 million to more than $175 million in revenue.

Radley will deliver the keynote entitled “The Entrepreneurship Edge: Creating a More Entrepreneurial Community,” on Friday, November 4th. The event is free, but registration is required. The event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Petit Jean Mountain.

“Too often we get locked in to thinking about economic development as trying to attract the next super project,” said Janet Harris, director of programs for the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. “Steve Radley will bring a refreshing perspective and key insight into the concept of ‘economic gardening,’ or how we grow our own success through entrepreneurialism.”

Uncommon Communities is a pilot program of the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute led by Dr. Mark Peterson of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service and Dr. Roby Robertson, retired professor of public administration and former director of the Institute of Government at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

The program is an economic development initiative held at the Institute designed to facilitate various needs including tourism, marketing and branding quality of place and placemaking; community leadership development, economic development in the new economy; and exemplary communities moving forward.

According to a press release touting the program, “Each session brings renowned speakers from across the United States plus throughout Arkansas. In addition, many of the sessions are interactive and give participants the opportunity to work in groups and learn from other participating counties.”

The pilot program includes Conway, Pope, Yell, Yell and Van Buren counties. To register or to learn more, go to or contact Program Officer Cary Tyson at [email protected].