About Us

The mission of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission is to create economic opportunity by attracting higher paying jobs, expanding and diversifying our state and local economies, increasing incomes and investment, and generating positive growth throughout Arkansas. Arkansas is a pro-business environment operating leaner, faster and more focused through a streamlined state government designed to act on corporate interests quickly and decisively. Come join us in this amazing business venture we call Arkansas Inc. With six homegrown Fortune 500 companies and countless other business success stories. You'll be in good company.

Mike Preston

Executive Director

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Clint O’Neal

Executive Vice President of Global Business

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Amy Fecher

Executive Vice President Of Operations

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Jeff Moore

Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications

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Our Core Values

Leadership

We create vision, inspire others, and strive for excellence.

Accountability

We deliver quality work with transparency and efficiency.

Integrity

We conduct ourselves professionally with honesty and mutual respect.

Fiscal Responsibility

We are stewards of our citizens’ money and time.

Teamwork

We work together internally and externally to exceed expectations.

Results

We strive for superior performance and measurable outcomes to achieve our mission.

The Council

The Arkansas Economic Development Council is composed of sixteen (16) members appointed to four-year terms by the governor. These appointments are made with the advice and consent of the Arkansas Senate. At least three members are from each of the four congressional districts, and four members are appointed at large.

Jim F. Andrews, Jr.

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Rick Barrows

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Jay Bunyard

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Wayne Callahan

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Mike Carroll

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Tom Denniston

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James Freeman

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Al Heringer III

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Steve Lux

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Deana Osment

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Tracey Rancifer

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Mike Roberts

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Ken Shollmier

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Gary W. Sewell

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Jim Smith

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Lang Zimmerman

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