Arkansas Economic Development Commission


Arkansas’s Economy Drives New Business

October 11, 2017

Sky View of Downtown Little Rock BusinessBusinesses from across the country and around the world are finding out why Arkansas is a hidden gem. The state’s convenient geography, low cost of living, thriving business climate and the abundance of natural resources make Arkansas an ideal location for a variety of businesses. Arkansas has created a business climate, workforce and quality of life that continues to bring jobs and investment from new and expanding companies. With the second highest percentage of manufacturing employment in the south, the seventh lowest cost of doing business, the second- lowest cost of living in the nation–and the impressive number of Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the state–Arkansas’s economy is booming. 

AEDC Expands Minority Business Program to Include Women-Owned Businesses

October 11, 2017

Patricia Brown, Director of the AEDC Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Division

Governor Asa Hutchinson joined the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) to announce the expansion of the Minority Business Enterprise Program to now include women-owned businesses in Arkansas and new diversity spending targets. 

Karen Castle, certification manager of the AEDC’s Division of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise, said the expansion will include disabled-veteran business owners, minority business owners and women-owned businesses.

Arkansas Meets Workforce Demands Through Innovative Education

October 6, 2017 

Rapid changes in our global marketplace require states like Arkansas to stay ahead of the growth in order to meet the needs of industry, especially in workforce development. 

Arkansas Governor Cuts Red Tape To Spur Continued Business Growth

October 4, 2017

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson Cuts Red Tape to Encourage Business Growth

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) is sensitive to the challenges of site selectors and executives considering expansion. AEDC makes doing business in Arkansas as easy as possible. In fact, it starts at the very top.

When Governor Asa Hutchinson took office in January 2015, one of his priorities was to streamline the start-up and expansion processes for business. He immediately took steps to remove administrative and regulatory obstacles that industry and business often consider unnecessarily burdensome.


Arkansas Inc Podcast: Workforce Priorities for Business Development

October 3, 2017

Danny Games, Executive Vice President of Global Business for Arkansas Economic Development Commission, discusses the workforce impact on business development, expansion, and relocation. His guests are Bill Goebel and Ken Stuckey. Bill Goebel is the President of MPACT Solutions, a workforce solutions company based in Greensboro, NC that provides talent assessments, education, and training in industrial and facility maintenance. Ken Stuckey is the Director of Talent Acquisition and Development at Pace Industries, the leading die cast manufacturer in North America, based in Fayetteville, AR.


Chinese-Arkansas Partnerships Continue to Grow and Prosper

October 2, 2017

China may currently be the hottest of all “hot spots” in the world for doing business. With a population of 1.3 billion people and the planet’s second-largest economy, it’s easy to see why companies are eager to tap into the country’s lucrative market. 


Forbes Recognizes Conway, Arkansas, as Emerging Prime Location for Startups & Entrepreneurs

September 29, 2017

Conway, Arkansas, Emerging as Prime Location for Startups & Entrepreneurs, City of ConwayDon’t let the town on the outskirts of metropolitan Little Rock fool you, Conway, Arkansas, is becoming a hub for innovation and technology-focused startups. As commercial development continues to thrive, the city is attracting new and existing companies to the area. In fact, Forbes magazine listed Conway as one of the seven towns in the U.S. where individuals can afford to be an entrepreneur.


How Arkansas Became a Leader in the Steel Industry

September 25, 2017

AEDC highlights steel production in ArkansasSince the land was first discovered, the fertile soil of the Arkansas Delta has produced crops that feed and clothe the world. Rice, soybeans, wheat and cotton are staple commodities grown in abundance by generations of family farmers.

Arkansas Banks Among Top Performers in the Nation

September 22, 2017

“The state’s reputation for high-performing companies and fast-growing solid companies has certainly changed over the years,” said George Gleason, CEO of Bank of the Ozarks. “It’s clearly understood that the Arkansas banks that are publicly traded are among the best banks in the country and are doing business at a very high level all over the country.”

Amendment 82 Sets The Stage For Super Projects

September 21, 2017

AEDC Amendment 82In 2003, Arkansas came up short on an opportunity for a $750 million Toyota truck plant. A site near Marion in Crittenden County in east Arkansas was selected and considered a prime location because of its access to the Mississippi River and major east-west and north-south interstates. Toyota, however, chose to locate in San Antonio, TX. Arkansas’ shortcoming was that it couldn’t muster enough incentives to close the deal.