Arkansas Economic Development Commission


Professional Development Programs Expand Skilled Workforce in Arkansas

September 20, 2017

Arkansas Economic Development Commission discusses Arkansas' workforce readiness and training programsThere are many opportunities for professional development in Arkansas. In an ever-changing global marketplace, the one factor any state can count on is the skill level of its emerging and existing workforce. Here in Arkansas, we are teaching a generation of workers to meet the needs of businesses by equipping students with workforce training opportunities statewide. 

Tourism in the Natural State Ushers in Economic Growth

September 19, 2017

Arkansas Economic Development Commission highlights Arkansas' Tourism IndustryEvery state has a story to tell. For Arkansas, that story is enriched by the people and places around the state that make Arkansas unparalleled for the thousands of visitors who visit each year – many of whom eventually find their own stories entwined the state’s rich cultural history. 

Competitive Financing Options Make Arkansas an Attractive Option for Business

September 15, 2017

Arkansas Economic Development Commission is committed to helping new and expansing businesses with cost-efficient financingThe Business Finance Division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) facilitates competitive financing options to assist businesses with the purchase of land, buildings, technology and equipment to expand operations and provide substantial employment opportunities in Arkansas.

Arkansas Ranks 2nd in U.S. for Nonfarm Job Gains as Civilian Labor Force Nears All-Time High

September 6, 2017

According to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Labor, Arkansas experienced the second-largest percentage gain in year-over-year nonfarm employment. This increase lead to the addition of nearly 33,000 jobs to an economy with a near-record number of workers coming into the state’s labor force. Oregon was the only state to surpass Arkansas in the percentage of year-over-year percentage increases in nonfarm employment. The news reaffirms that Arkansas has an ever-growing job market with more companies bringing jobs to the state.

Arkansas Forestry Industry Manages Wildfire Threat

August 18, 2017

The wood basket of the world is made up of 13 states in the southeast United States, and two territories, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This southern group of foresters works together to produce more commercial timber than any other region in the world. In order to remain the top producer, professional foresters have to manage the forests across the south and protect them from the dangers of wildfires.

Nanotechnology, Chemical Engineering Adding to High-Tech Forestry in Arkansas

August 16, 2017

Arkansas is leading the way in advanced-technology forestry. The timber and forest-products industry is often thought of as being a low-tech industry, but in reality, it is anything but. The use of cutting-edge developments like nanotechnology, chemical engineering and computer programming, has transformed the way timber is harvested and how products are produced from raw materials.

Arkansas Timber Industry Focuses on Eco-Friendly Forestry & Management

August 15, 2017

In order for the timber and forest products industry in Arkansas to succeed and thrive, those in the industry must continue to work together to provide healthier, sustainable forests. Forestry is a long-term production process that involves landowners, foresters and regulatory agencies.

AEDC Director Discusses U.S.-China Rice & Beef Trade, NAFTA Negotiations

August 14, 2017

Mike Preston, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), recently appeared on Talk Business & Politics to discuss how recent trips to China are increasing global business expansion in Arkansas. Preston traveled to China with Governor Asa Hutchinson to recruit potential manufacturers and to open additional agricultural markets for the state. 

Healthy Forests Contribute to Sustainable Renewable Resources

August 11, 2017

With a global population of 7.5 billion and growing, the need for sustainable, renewable resources will also continue to grow. Currently, the southern United States produces between 15 to 20 percent of all the commercial wood produced in the world. The most important growth markets for export of timber and forest products for this region will be Mexico, Central America, South America and Asia, as well as continued trade with Europe.

Gov. Hutchinson Introduces New ArFuture Grant – Gives Arkansans Access to Affordable Higher Education

August 8, 2017

Arkansas Economic Development Commission announces Arkansas future grant program for non-traditional studentsGovernor Asa Hutchinson recently announced the creation of the “Arkansas Future Grant” (ArFuture) for traditional, home school and non-traditional students in Arkansas. This state-funded grant would be available on a first come, first serve basis and provide two years of tuition and fees at an Arkansas community or technical college to any student who enrolls in a high-demand field of study, such as computer science or welding.