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.

Michael Preston

Secretary of Commerce & Executive Director, Arkansas Economic Development Commission

501-682-7351

Clint O’Neal

Executive Vice President of Global Business

501-682-7350

Jeff Moore

Executive Vice President of Marketing and Research

501-682-7317

Jim Hudson

Executive Vice President – Operations & General Counsel

501.682.7303

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.

Council

The Arkansas Economic Development Council is composed of 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.

Rick Barrows

Jay Bunyard

Wayne Callahan

Mike Carroll

Tom Denniston

Al Heringer III

Steve Lux

Deana Osment

Tracey Rancifer

Gary W. Sewell

Jim Smith

Lang Zimmerman

Gina Radke

Jon Wickliffe

Will Brewer