Arkansas Economic Development Commission


Arkansas to host two national economic development conferences

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (October 29, 2015) – It was recently announced that Little Rock, Arkansas, will host two upcoming international economic development conferences. The two conferences are separate events with substantial prestige in the field of economic development.

The Site Selectors Guild yesterday announced plans to hold its 2016 Fall Forum in Little Rock in October 2016. This will be the organization’s second Fall Forum, with the first being held in Philadelphia this year. The Fall Forum is an international gathering of economic developers and member consultants to discuss industry trends, challenges, and related topics. Founded in 2010, Site Selectors Guild members provide location strategy consultation to corporations throughout the world for every industry, sector, and function. Its combined membership leads corporate location projects valued at more than $30 billion in annual capital expenditures and thousands of new jobs each year.

“Arkansas is a small state with a big story to tell, and we have found that when people come to visit, they always leave impressed,” said Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston. “Hosting the Site Selector’s Guild Forum will give us the opportunity to showcase the advantages Arkansas has to offer to companies and site consultants on a global stage.”

The International Economic Development Council’s 2017 Future Economic Forum will be held June 4-6, 2017, in Little Rock. With more than 4,500 members throughout the world, IEDC members promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth, and provide a stable tax base. IEDC was founded in 2001 with the merging of the American Economic Development Council (established in 1926) and the Council for Urban Economic Development (established in 1967). Its members are employed in a variety of settings including local, state and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, and universities.

“The 2017 IEDC Conference to be hosted in Little Rock offers the professional economic developers in Arkansas an opportunity to show off our great state to our peers from around the country,” said Jim Fram, President and CEO of the Hot Springs Metro Partnership and a member of the IEDC Board of Directors. “I would anticipate 350 to 400 leading economic development professionals will attend this event.”

For more information on the Site Selectors Guild, visit For information on the International Economic Development Council, visit