Ty Keller Appointed to Lead A-State Innovation System

JONESBORO – The Arkansas State University Delta Center for Economic Development (DCED) has hired Ty Keller to direct the A-State Innovation System, DCED Executive Director Shawnie Carrier announced today. The hire marks a significant step forward in the development of the A-State Innovation System’s mission to increase entrepreneurial and innovative activity in northeast Arkansas.

“We are thrilled to bring in someone of Ty’s caliber, who possesses both the technical keller-ty-newsexpertise and public relations skills needed to lead the A-State Innovation System,” Carrier says.

Keller, a native of Jonesboro, comes to the A-State Innovation System from Engines Inc. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at A-State.  Keller serves on the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a graduate of Leadership Jonesboro.

“I am excited to be directing the A-State Innovation System,” Keller says. “Growing up in northeast Arkansas, I am aware of our long line of successful entrepreneurs. It is an honor to be involved in a system that will build on that history and expand opportunities for both innovation and entrepreneurship. From idea to business implementation, A-State Innovate will bring together education, nonprofit, public and private sector support and resources to assist startup ventures.”

About A-State Innovation System

The A-State Innovation System is a coordinated network of sites and support services designed to foster entrepreneurship in East Arkansas. Existing assets, partners and infrastructure have been strategically aligned for a successful regional innovation system. Local startups and small businesses cultivate the entrepreneurial environment for which East Arkansas strives and the return on investment is home grown jobs and a stronger economy for Arkansas.

A-State Innovate will have facilities and programs to include a maker’s space/co-work space in downtown Jonesboro, wet labs and incubation space on the A-State campus, and industrial and manufacturing space located in the Jonesboro Industrial Park.

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