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 five homegrown Fortune 500 companies and countless other business success stories, you’ll be in good company.

Michael Preston

Secretary of Commerce & AEDC Executive Director

(501) 682-7351

Clint O’Neal, CEcD

Deputy Director & Executive Vice President of Global Business

(501) 682-7350

Jim Hudson

Deputy Director of Operations & General Counsel; Commerce Director of Strategy & Operations

(501) 682-7303



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


We deliver quality work with transparency and efficiency.


We conduct ourselves professionally with honesty and mutual respect.

Fiscal Responsibility

We are stewards of our citizens’ money and time.


We work together internally and externally to exceed expectations.


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


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

Steve Lux

Tracey Rancifer

Gary W. Sewell

Jim Smith

Lang Zimmerman

Gina Radke

Jon Wickliffe

Will Brewer

Vance Lawson

Chris Gosnell