Arkansas Economic Development Commission

Sustainable Building Products & Fixtures

It’s Easy to Go Green in Arkansas

Arkansas has a strong commitment to sustainable construction, which is evidenced by the high profile buildings that are LEED certified in the state. The Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock was the state’s first LEED certified structure, and the Mars Petcare facility in Fort Smith was the first manufacturing facility in Arkansas to achieve certification. Arkansas’s first platinum level LEED residential development is a luxury loft complex in downtown Little Rock. These projects and many others like them in Arkansas and across the nation require sustainable building materials to achieve their environmental goals.

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Little Rock, our capital city, was ranked #1 place to live in small to midsized cities. 

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Companies finding success in Arkansas

The University of Arkansas also offers a graduate certificate in Sustainability, Bioenergy and Sustainable Technology and a minor in Foundations of Sustainability. 

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

Arkansas’s manufacturing workforce offers companies access to a well qualified and affordable workforce.

  • 13% of the state’s workforce is employed in manufacturing
  • 2nd highest percentage of manufacturing employment in the South and 3rd highest in the nation
  • Labor force of nearly 1.3 million projected to increase 7% from 2013 to 2023
  • Arkansas is home to 24 four-year colleges and universities and 22 two-year public colleges
  • Nearly 50% of Arkansans have an associate’s, bachelor’s or graduate degree or have attended some college

Sustainability Research Programs in Arkansas:

  • The University of Arkansas offers a graduate certificate in Sustainability, Bioenergy and Sustainable Technology and a minor in Foundations of Sustainability. The Applied Sustainability Center facilitates ongoing research throughout the university with the objective of "building a sustainable university and society."
  • The University of Arkansas Community Design Center is focused on developing new design concepts that will enhance the environment and quality of life.
  • The Arkansas Forest Research Center at the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture is focused on research and distribution of best practices related to sustainable forest-based natural resources.
  • Arkansas State University offers a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Business Management, which focuses on managing resources, emphasizing policies to minimally affect the environment and create positive social environments. 
Available Buildings & 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