Arkansas Economic Development Commission


Northwest Arkansas Ranks Among 25 Best-Performing Metro Areas in the Nation

February 14, 2018

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Nestled in the Ozark Mountains and often referred to as “Razorback Country,” Northwest Arkansas is a booming metro area home to more than half a million people. With Arkansas’ total population of three million, it’s outstanding to find the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers metropolitan statistical area* among the Top 25 Best-Performing Cities in the nation, as ranked by the Milken Institute.

Mississippi County, Arkansas, is Primed for Steel

January 9, 2018

Mississippi County is the fourth-largest steel-producing county in the United States, and local leaders are taking the initiative to ensure the growing steel industry in Arkansas has the workforce it needs for today and tomorrow.


Case Study: The Venture Center Helps New Generation of Arkansas Tech Startups Thrive

February 6, 2018

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The Venture Center was launched in May 2014 in Little Rock by a group of entrepreneurs and business leaders, who recognized that, at the time, the Arkansas tech industry was struggling to keep up with other states in terms of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Four Things Cities Can Do To Support Startups

February 1, 2018 supporting startups

Being startup friendly isn’t limited to major cities like Austin, Chicago, New York, San Jose or Seattle. Some of the best states to do business in have only medium-to-small cities within their borders. With the right mix of infrastructure, committed leaders and a focused plan, many smaller cities are becoming regional hubs for startups of all kinds. Encouraging entrepreneurship is good business, because entrepreneurs play an important role in economic development.

"True Detective" Brings Magic, Money to Arkansas

January 30, 2018

true detective season 3The exciting and magical film industry can seem far away, with most people associating it with Hollywood and New York City, but the Arkansas Film Commission works diligently to bring productions to the state, as the Arkansas film industry provides jobs and opportunities for locals in many ways.

GIS Project Provides Tools for Economic Development Planning in Arkansas

January 25, 2018gis flying equipment

Cities across the world have started using geographic information systems (GIS) to attract new business by giving targeted prospects a tool to visualize economic planning. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson recently announced the completion of a yearlong, $1.2 million virtual mapping venture, the Arkansas GIS Project.

Little Rock Tech Park Turns Focus to Biomedical Research and Commercialization for Phase Two

January 23, 2018

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Now that the Little Rock Technology Park Phase One has been open for nearly a year, eyes and efforts have turned to Phase Two. Phase Two is currently in early-stage planning and is targeted to be a combination of wet/dry lab space, plus office and meeting spaces to further meet the needs of the rapidly growing Arkansas tech industry.

Arkansas Keeps the Firearms and Ammunition Industry in its Sights

January 18, 2018

Arkansas firearm ammuniiton industry

From manufacturers of firearms, ammunition and supplies, to businesses involved in product sales and distribution, the Arkansas firearms industry is diverse. Daisy, Nighthawk Custom, Remington, SIG SAUER, Thermold Magazines, Umarex and Wilson Combat among others, have found success in Arkansas.

All Roads Lead to Arkansas: Central Location and Modern Infrastructure Help Draw Business Development

January 12, 2018

Infrastructure is an essential component to the state’s economic development. The ability to move materials and goods quickly and easily within and outside the state is a key consideration for businesses looking to expand or relocate within Arkansas. Governor Asa Hutchinson has prioritized investing in infrastructure during his administration, stating, “…it is imperative that the state maintain a first-rate transportation infrastructure system as part of our pro-business environment. Our tourism sector, which means more than $7 billion annually to our economy, also relies heavily on our existing infrastructure.”

Arkansas Meets Tech Industry Needs Today and in the Future

January 3, 2018

arkansas code initiativeTechnology-driven jobs are found in nearly every industry today. And as the number of available tech jobs continues to grow, the need for skilled people to fill the jobs increases. To satisfy this pipeline, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson created a multi-step plan to provide Arkansans with the tools and training to excel in technology.