BRYAN J. BARNHOUSEChief Operating Officer
Bryan comes to the Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA) as an experienced economic developer. In his previous six years with the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County, Arkansas, he directed business recruitment and retention, which included landing a $3.7 billion project that converts natural gas to clean diesel on more than 1,000 acres, and led programs that re-oriented the research and curriculum of higher education institutions to match corporate needs in the area. Prior to that, he managed the promotion of industrial recruitment from Asia and global trade and export development for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
Before relocating to Arkansas, Bryan spent four years at the International City/County Management Association in Washington, D.C., coordinating federal business development activities and managing military and technology projects. He holds a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis on intergovernmental management and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Southern California.
Bryan is committed to helping advance his adopted state of Arkansas through the creation of economic development opportunities. He is excited to pursue this work by connecting the state’s rich scientific and research communities to each other and to the Arkansas business community. He helps professionalize the practice of economic development as a member of the board of directors for Arkansas Economic Developers. And, as a nine-year member and former Chair of the Little Rock Sister Cities Commission, he helps cultivate relationships and partnerships between Little Rock and cities around the world, particularly with Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, for which he serves as the commission co-liaison.
Bryan and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Little Rock along with their two rescue dogs.