An Economic Powerhouse

With its strategic location, skilled workforce, stellar transit and utility infrastructure, and pro-business state government, Arkansas has emerged as a true engine of economic development.


Our state has the second-highest manufacturing employment in the south and is rated by CNBC as fourth among the U.S. states for the lowest cost of doing business. Of the Fortune 500, 101 locate operations in Arkansas, while seven call the state its headquarters.

For detailed information about our industries, workforce, climate, and a wide array of tax credits, block grants, low-interest loans and other incentives, check out the Arkansas Economic Development Commission at www.arkensasedc.com.

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In 1940, 112,050 of 1.95 million Residents in Arkansas had Electricity

In 1937, the first electric cooperative utility pole was erected in Arkansas by First Electric Cooperative in Jacksonville, marking the development of a system that now covers 60 percent of the state's land area.