ExxonMobil announces $100k donation

Left to right: Lafayette County Judge Valerie Clark; Elizabeth Burns Anderson (board member, Arkansas Community Foundation); Patrick Howarth (Global Lithium Business Manager, ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions): State Sen. Steve Crowell; Columbia County Judge Doug Fields. (Photo contributed)
Left to right: Lafayette County Judge Valerie Clark; Elizabeth Burns Anderson (board member, Arkansas Community Foundation); Patrick Howarth (Global Lithium Business Manager, ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions): State Sen. Steve Crowell; Columbia County Judge Doug Fields. (Photo contributed)

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On Feb. 15th, at the Arkansas Lithium Innovation Summit, ExxonMobil announced a new $100,000 endowment, to be awarded to local nonprofits to support education, public safety, and quality-of-life initiatives in Lafayette and Columbia counties.

Called the ExxonMobil Charitable Fund for Southwest Arkansas, it will be managed by the Arkansas Community Foundation.

"Our aim in any community we operate in is to be a partner," Patrick Howarth, ExxonMobil said when presenting the donation.

The Arkansas Lithium Innovation Summit aimed to provide an in-depth preview of the investment opportunities surrounding the Arkansas lithium resource. The Summit brought together key stakeholders across the state and country to highlight the rich lithium resource in southern Arkansas, provide networking opportunities among various parties interested in making significant investments in the emerging lithium industry, and discuss next steps on how Arkansas lithium can contribute to an ever-growing worldwide market demand.

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