“The Land of Opportunity” was our state motto when Winthrop Rockefeller first settled on Petit Jean Mountain in 1953. As a Rockefeller, he knew exactly what opportunity looked like and how to use it, but within our state, he saw that it wasn’t open and equal to everyone. Suffering from a struggling educational system, lacking in job opportunity and lagging in attracting industry, Arkansas proved ripe for the influence he would bring as a Rockefeller. And so he worked to make change happen at every possible level, pulling every lever and making each connection.
It has been 60 years since his influence began to take hold, and his leadership has inspired two generations to step up and believe that Arkansas is capable of progress for the sake of prosperity.