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Frank Knott


Head shot of Frank KnottTitle: Founder, ViTAL Economy Alliance

Frank Knott is the founder and owner of ViTAL Economy (VE) Alliance, a coalition of independent organizations and individuals passionate about transforming communities into thriving economies. The VE Alliance is comprised of members whose diverse backgrounds include years of experience in government, finance, manufacturing, engineering, education, development, hospitality, tourism and not-for profit entities.

VE has served more than 40 regions throughout North America and Australia, helping regions build locally led, sustainable initiatives that would make them winners rather than victims of the global economy. VE's goal has always been to help leaders of economic regions understand how broadband technology, linked with asset-based Committees for Economic Development (CED), could enable a region to transform how they live, work, learn, govern, compete, access resources, play and share resources to become successful networked economies.

Frank Knott's experience spans more than 40 years and encompasses serving as both a successful entrepreneur and a volunteer leader of regional CED initiatives. He provides a rare perspective on effective ways to connect citizen, government and private sector interests. For the past 25 years, Frank has initiated and/or participated in a number of regional and national public-private partnerships in the areas of economic development, workforce training, education reform, at-risk youth empowerment, rural and urban economic policy, and information highway initiatives.

Frank's expertise in building such partnerships has been recognized by the administrations of several U.S. presidents, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. He and his partners in the VE Alliance believe that both they and their clients can "do well and do good" at the same time.

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