Arkansas Economic Development Commission


Three Takeaways from the Industrial Asset Management Council Spring Professional Forum

May 22, 2017

Twice a year, several of us at AEDC make a point to attend the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) forums. The most recent event was held last month in Tampa. I’ve had the opportunity to attend quite a few of these over the years, and I wanted to share my thoughts:

The 'Wood Basket' of Arkansas

May 4, 2017

Arkansas Economic Development Commission Breaks Down the Arkansas Wood Basket By The Numbers

Surging economic development and dozens of new jobs are coming to the state of Arkansas because of the influx of companies seeking to take advantage of the state’s diverse “wood basket.” As a result of the state’s abundance of timber and other natural resources, its ever-growing skilled workforce, and the major interstate highways, railroads and navigable rivers for product transportation, companies are realizing the benefits of basing their business in Arkansas’s wood basket.


AEDC Podcast with Mike Preston - Max Braswell

May 2, 2017

AEDC Podcast with Mike Preston

AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston talks with Max Braswell, Executive Vice President of the Arkansas Forestry Association. Mike and Max talk about the recent growth of the timber industry in Arkansas, forest sustainability, and how the timber industry will continue to change in the coming years.



Arkansas Commits Over $2 Billion in Timber Industry

April 28, 2017

Timber and paper products companies continue to find success in Arkansas.

Since January 2015, the state of Arkansas has signed incentive agreements with 29 forest products companies for 17 different locations. The deals are with domestic industry leaders such as Georgia-Pacific and Kimberly-Clark, as well as China's Sun Paper and Canada's Conifex Timber, Inc. In just over a year, these projects will lead to the creation of hundreds of jobs and proposed investments worth more than $2 billion in Arkansas.

Timber and paper products companies continue to find success in Arkansas. With an abundance of timber, sustainable water resources and a skilled workforce at hand, the state is primed to bring continued success to companies in the timber industry.

Chinese Pet Products Company Launching New Operations in Arkansas

April 27, 2017

AEDC Announces Manufacturing Business Expansion in Danville, AR.

Food processing companies around the world are starting to take notice of the unique resources that the state has to offer, such as strong raw material base, cost-competitive wages, and a favorable regulatory environment. Pet Won Pet Products’ parent company is headquartered in Taian City, Shandong Province, China. Currently, foreign-owned companies operate more than 230 facilities throughout the state, and with recent investment announcements, it is clear that those numbers will continue to grow. 

Forestry Leadership Leads to Global Interest in Arkansas Timber

April 27, 2017

For more than 130 years, the timber industry has been a major driver of Arkansas’ economy.  In recent years, the industry has enjoyed even more growth.

AEDC Podcast with Mike Preston - How Castro Will Affect Cuba and Arkansas

December 28, 2016

AEDC Podcast with Mike Preston

AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston recently sat down with Mark Raines to discuss opportunities for Arkansas companies and growers to do business with Cuba. The discussion also includes reaction to Fidel Castro’s death and what this could mean for U.S. and Cuba relations.



AEDC Podcast with Mike Preston - China Investment Impact & Opportunities For Business Development

November 23, 2016

AEDC Podcast with Mike Preston

AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston recently sat down with Mark Raines to discuss China's impact on the U.S. economy and opportunities for business development in the state. Arkansas has a good presence in China with continued business growth in consumer packaged goods as well as foreign direct investment in manufacturing.


AEDC and Governor Asa Hutchinson Announced 790 Jobs in Third Quarter

October 21, 2016

Throughout his term, Governor Asa Hutchinson has worked to meet his “11 Promises” to the people of Arkansas. One of those promises is to see economic growth through agreements with new and expanding businesses in Arkansas. AEDC and Governor Asa Hutchinson recently announced the details of another exceptional quarter for the Arkansas economy. With 790 jobs created and $254 million invested, it is easy to see that businesses from all industries are seeing what Arkansas has to offer and that economic growth is happening throughout the state. For more details on last quarter and strides made in Arkansas business development, see the infographic.​