Arkansas Economic Development Commission


Case Study: Apptegy Brings Communications Tech to Schools Nationwide

December 11, 2017

Apptegy, an education technology startup based in Little Rock, Arkansas, is a true technology success story. In April 2015, Jeston George founded Apptegy to bring creative, accessible communications solutions to schools. Through in-state venture capital funding, George was able to launch what has become one of the fastest growing digital companies in the state. 

Arkansas Among Top States for Business

December 6, 2017

AEDC business friendly statesArkansas is quickly becoming known as one of the nation’s top business-friendly states. Area Development, an online and print publication for corporate site selectors and facility planners, ranked Arkansas number 16 on its 2017 Top States for Doing Business list.

Women in Technology Gaining Attention in Arkansas

December 5, 2017

Arkansas Economic Development Commission talks women in the tech industry in ArkansasEarlier this fall, the Women in Technology Conference drew 500 participants, as part of the fourth-annual Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit in Rogers. The Summit, produced by the Northwest Technology Council under the direction of the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce, brought together small business owners, entrepreneurs and C-level executives as well as leaders in academia, communications, retail and supply, social media and technology to focus on innovation and the power of digital in shaping the future of the tech industry in Arkansas.

Companies Look to Smaller Markets for Startup Funding

November 30, 2017

One of the biggest challenges for startup companies is finding the funding needed to get their idea off the ground. Even with the best business plan in place, if you don’t have enough funding to put your ideas into action, you can’t move forward. So, where can technology startups find funding outside places like Silicon Valley and other large cities? Believe it or not, small towns often offer more opportunities for finding venture capital than large, tech-focused, metropolitan areas.

Good Government Makes For Good Economic Development

November 29, 2017

AEDC Executive Vice President Danny Games shares five things companies value from government, with regard to economic development.

Arkansas Tech Firms Find Collaboration & Growth in Shared Spaces

November 20, 2018

AEDC explains how tech firms in Arkansas are using shared spaces to collaborate and grow their businessesMore and more co-working spaces are becoming available in Arkansas, and tech startups are taking advantage. Between Startup Junkie, the Little Rock Tech Park, The Hive, and the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, individuals and businesses in the state can join the shared-workplace trend.

Small Cities Reap Big Rewards for Tech Startup Companies

November 16, 2017

AEDC Small Cities Reap Big Rewards for Tech Startup CompaniesThe tides are changing in the tech world. The startup revolution is shifting to a small town near you. Technology startup companies are moving away from the big, metropolitan cities and into small towns across America. Why? According to Small Business Trends, startup businesses tend to perform better in smaller towns for a variety of reasons.

Arkansas is Committed to Workforce Training

Education for Workforce DevelopmentPreparing homegrown talent to fill high-paying jobs in Arkansas is a must. As a follow up to our post about developing the talent pipeline through quality educational programs in Arkansas, this post examines how education and industry in Arkansas are working together to reduce skills gaps for a vibrant workforce.

Arkansas is Committed to its Talent Pipeline

November 9, 2017

AEDC explains how the state is committed to workforce training and educationA state’s economic future is only as strong as the children it raises and the workforce it develops. When evaluating a state for business potential, the overall talent pipeline and workforce training programs are important to consider.

University Of Arkansas To Build Nation’s First Timber Residence Hall

November 8, 2017

University of Arkansas to build a cross laminated timber dormAlways looking for opportunities to be at the forefront of innovation, the University of Arkansas will be the first university in the United States to build a dorm using cross-laminated timber as the primary material.