Go Forward Pine Bluff has accepted a check from Entergy for their sponsorship of the 2019 King Cotton Holiday Classic.

Sponsorships are used to underwrite team travel and accommodations while in Pine Bluff as well advertising and operating the tournament. Joseph McCorvey stated “Entergy’s sponsorship helps defray operational costs of the King Cotton Holiday Classic.”

The King Cotton Holiday Classic was revived last year after a 15 plus year hiatus. Last year’s tournament was a success and this year’s is slated to be better. Regional teams have been added to the team rosters to attract even more Arkansas fans to Pine Bluff.

High school teams will travel from California, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, and Arkansas to compete December 27 through 30 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

“Thank you, Entergy, for supporting King Cotton Holiday Classic” stated Go Forward Pine Bluff CEO Ryan Watley.

Go Forward Pine Bluff CEO, Ryan Watley

Entergy supports community-based projects that focus on community enrichment and improvement. “We are proud to invest in programs in the communities where we live and work,” said Tongia Gaston, Customer Service Representative for Entergy Arkansas, Inc.

Go Forward Pine Bluff (GFPB) started as a grassroots effort of a group of 100 diverse volunteers – age, race, gender, economic stature – who spent 2016 developing a strategic plan to grow the tax base of our community based on four pillars: Economic Development, Education, Government and Infrastructure, and Quality of Life. The GFPB Plan is funded by a 7-year 5/8th cent sales tax passed overwhelmingly by 70% of the voters, business investments, private donations, and grants. A public-private partnership was formed with the City of Pine Bluff to ensure the funding is utilized appropriately to implement the 27 initiatives in the plan. GFPB seeks to increase the revenues of the city, retain population, relocate population, and attract tourism and consumers. Our goal is to establish the necessary working relationships to move Pine Bluff forward. GFPB received the 2018 Pine Bluff Commercial Reader’s Choice Award for Best Innovative Workplace. Learn more at www.goforwardpb.org.