Arkansas Economic Development Commission

Advantages

Arkansas: Destined for Success

Centered between Canada and Mexico, and located in the middle of the United States, Arkansas is strategically placed to reach tens of millions of people easily and cost efficiently. Our unemployment rate consistently ranks below the national average and 44 campuses of higher learning results in an educated workforce enriched by long-term training and primed for 21st Century challenges. 

The more you know Arkansas, the better the opportunity for your business. We invite you to explore more about our state and its potential for you.

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(A Fact Book Overview is also available in Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese, and French.)

Business Climate

4th lowest cost of doing business in the nation.

CNBC's Top States For Business, 2015

In Arkansas, meaningful collaboration between business, government and community is the tie that binds our strengths together. With an accessible and practical government, we keep our sleeves rolled up until your expectations are exceeded.

In the last five years, alone, more than 300 start-ups launched in Northwest Arkansas. Our history for reinventing retail and logistics is helping to develop a new generation of thought-leaders. Currently, The ARK Challenge has invested $2 million in private funding to support tech companies developing the region's retail, food processing and logistics industries.

The bottom line is that we are focused on your bottom line. We work diligently so your company goes from spending money to making money quickly and efficiently.

Entrepreneurialism

The entrepreneurial spirit created by our bold trendsetters has made Arkansas a hub of international commerce and is launching a new generation of dealmakers. Start-up hubs like Made in Arkansas, Arkansas Innovation Hub and Innovate Arkansas bridge the gap between innovation and commercialization, while accelerators like The ARK Challenge are funding and supporting new tech companies. 

Through a statewide network of partners and targeted tax incentive programs, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission is committed to empowering start-ups and visionaries with open collaboration, unparalleled resources, beneficial policies and a willingness to get things done.

Industries

On any given day in Arkansas, we're curating the world's largest private database and operating one of the nation's largest truckload carriers, while commanding the world's dominant retail empire. Home to more than 141 international corporations, Arkansas is an industry melting pot from which one success builds on another.

We're an incubator for bold ideas, granting you the unique ability to choose the path to your fortune. Or several paths, if you like. After all, there's nothing that can't be achieved in Arkansas. 

Infrastructure

1,000 miles of navigable waterways

1,683 miles of Class I railroads

16,416 miles of state and U.S. highways

In business, location isn't a place. It's every place. By way of soaring, floating or rolling, Arkansas is the launching pad to every city, remote outpost, port of call, hot spot and demographic imaginable. The major thoroughfares that connect Los Angeles to New York, Chicago to Dallas, pass through Arkansas.

Planting your feet in Arkansas immediately puts you ahead of the race, giving you easy access to over 100 million customers without breaking a sweat.  

Lifestyle

Little Rock, our capital city, was ranked #1 place to live in small to midsized cities. 

Kiplinger Magazine

Arkansas is a perfect balance of cultural pursuits, where one might kayak on a pristine river during the day, and then enjoy an orchestral masterpiece in the evening. Here, golf clubs never stay in winter storage, fishing rods are always at the ready, and hunters have 3 million acres of public hunting lands to bag the big one. State treasures like Crystal Bridges, Arkansas Arts Center, the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute and the Clinton School of Public Service are made possible by the servant leaders who make Arkansas their permanent home. 

Workforce

2nd highest manufacturing employment in the South.

National Association of Manufacturers

Our incredible workforce is an attribute that sets us apart from many other states. We're a people with high values and high standards, willing to roll-up our sleeves for any job. The independent spirit that has fueled so many accomplished Arkansans motivates us all, and we at AEDC support the training and funding that is building a motivated, career-ready workforce.