Arkansas Economic Development Commission

Software Development & Data Management Services

Market Leader in Marketing Databases

When Acxiom Corporation was founded as a small data processing company in 1969, not many Arkansans expected the company to become a market leader with clients around the world. Today, Acxiom, which is headquartered in Little Rock, is the developer of some of the largest and most sophisticated business analytics and marketing databases in the world. In addition to developing and maintaining data, the company also designs and implements solutions that can help clients manipulate the data and employs more than 2,000 Arkansans. 

Fidelity Information Services, one of the world's top-ranked technology providers to the banking industry, also has significant operations in Little Rock, delivering a comprehensive assortment of solutions for a broad range of financial markets. 

HP selected Conway, Arkansas, for a large customer support center, and since has announced the addition of a regional industry development center at the Conway location. 

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Emerging Analytics Center (EAC) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock offers data analytics and data visualization to provide solutions for Big Data. 

Katherine Holmstrom

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Incentives
  • Income Tax Credits
  • Infrastructure Grants
  • Payroll Rebates
  • Sales Tax Credits & Refunds
Education/Workforce

Arkansas has a workforce that is well-prepared for jobs in the information sector.

  • The University of Arkansas system offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in Computer Science and Engineering with concentrations in areas such as digital systems, intelligent systems, networking and communications, and systems analysis, as well as a graduate certificate in business analytics.
  • The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) offers an Information Quality Track of the Integrated Computing PhD Program.
  • The Emerging Analytics Center (EAC) at UALR offers data analytics and data visualization to provide solutions for Big Data.
  • The University of Arkansas has research competencies in High Performance Computing at its main campus in Fayetteville.
Available Buildings and Sites
  • 200+ LEED Certified facilities
  • 100+ available buildings of Class A office space ranging from 10,000 to 370,000 square feet
  • 275+ available industrial buildings ranging from 10,000 to 2.1 million square feet
  • Competitive purchase prices and lease rates
  • Sites ranging from 10 to 10,200 acres available across the state
  • 175+ sites with interstate access
  • 40 sites that are rail served
Transportation & Infrastructure

Arkansas is centrally located between Mexico City and Montreal, offering easy access to 40% of the U.S. population. The state's transportation infrastructure provides a variety of efficient options to get products to market. Major market centers in the region include Memphis, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, New Orleans and St. Louis.

Highways

  • I-40, reaching from North Carolina to California, runs through Arkansas
  • I-55 links eastern Arkansas to St. Louis & Chicago to the north and New Orleans to the south
  • I-30 connects Arkansas with markets to the southwest, including Texas and Mexico

Rail

  • 3 Class I Systems: Union Pacific, BNSF Railway and Kansas City Southern Railway
  • Union Pacific operates major yards in Little Rock and Pine Bluff
  • 22 smaller railroads operate over more than 2,700 miles of track
  • 40 available sites which are rail served

Air

  • Major commercial airports are located in Central and Northwest Arkansas: The Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport has 120+ flight arrivals and departures each day, with non-stop jet service to 14 national/international gateway cities. Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport provides non-stop service to 14 national/international gateway cities on nearly 50 flights each day.
  • Memphis International Airport is located less than 15 miles from the Arkansas state line
  • 6 regional airports located throughout the state

Water

  • 3 ports located along the Arkansas River: Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Fort Smith 
  • 4 Mississippi River terminals: Osceola, West Memphis, Helena and McGehee