Centered between Canada and Mexico, and located in the middle of the United States, Arkansas is strategically placed to reach tens of millions of people easily and cost-efficiently. Our unemployment rate consistently ranks below the national average, and 44 campuses of higher learning result in an educated workforce enriched by long-term training and primed for 21st Century challenges.
On any given day in Arkansas, we’re curating the world’s largest private database and operating one of the nation’s largest truckload carriers, while commanding the world’s dominant retail empire. Home to six Fortune 500 companies and more than 141 international corporations, Arkansas is an industry melting-pot from which one success builds on another.
The more you know Arkansas, the better the opportunity for your business. We invite you to explore more about our state and its potential for you.
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The Arkansas Economic Development Commission is committed to creating strategic investments designed to transition the state’s economy to one supported by higher-paying knowledge-based jobs. From start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, AEDC enables business with comprehensive resources and custom know-how.
The Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Global Business Development team assists international companies in making the right investment decision. Its goal is to ensure that locating in Arkansas enhances the company’s competitiveness around the world and, at the same time, enhances Arkansas’s economy.
The Arkansas Economic Development Commission understands the unique needs of small and growing businesses, and provides valuable resources and connections to help small businesses throughout the state. They also serves as a liaison to the state’s educational system ensuring that training needs are effectively addressed.
Through a statewide network of partners and targeted tax incentive programs, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission is committed to empowering start-ups and visionaries with open collaboration, unparalleled resources, beneficial policies and a willingness to get things done.
Recognizing the importance of local industry, the Existing Business Resource division of AEDC is specifically focused on understanding the needs of each of our existing industries and assisting with their growth in Arkansas.
Manufacturing Solutions works closely with many public and private organizations to bring world-class guidance, training, and resources to Arkansas manufacturers.
The Division of Science and Technology at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission is the driving force behind the commercialization of job creating research.
With a statewide, team approach to production, Arkansas provides producers with seamless, single contact access to everything and everyone the state has to offer, ensuring the most efficient and economical experience possible.