Arkansas Economic Development Commission


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

January 23, 2018

little rock tech park

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.

Arkansas-Based Tech Company Expanding its Headquarters

December 20, 2017

The tech industry in Arkansas continues to mature as local businesses establish and expand within the state. First Orion, a phone security software company founded in Little Rock, announced in November 2017, it would expand and relocate its global headquarters to North Little Rock.

2017: A Year In Review

December 18, 2017

AEDC Economic Year 2017It’s been a busy year in Arkansas, so we thought we would take a look at some of the biggest economic development news stories of 2017. From new legislation encouraging economic development, to business announcements with a combined total of more than 3,200 new jobs planned, 2017 was a great year for economic development in Arkansas.

Arkansas Offers Incentives, Grants and Rebates to Businesses

December 13, 2017

AEDC Arkansas business incentivesAs a business-friendly state, Arkansas has a lot to offer companies wanting to open, expand or relocate to the state. From cash rebates to community grants, Arkansas business incentives encourage job creation and investment, leading to greater economic stability in Arkansas. 

Case Study: Apptegy Brings Communications Tech to Schools Nationwide

December 11, 2017

AEDC highlights Apptegy bringing communication to schools nationwide 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.