The Arkansas Economic Development Commission European office is located in Berlin, Germany and is your first contact in learning how Arkansas can work for you and your bottom line. Arkansas ranks 1st in the United States for communicating business incentives. We are here to help you not only to learn about incentives but also site and building availability, workforce, education, site availability, and transportation in Arkansas.
On any given day in Arkansas, we are 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 more than 150 international corporations, Arkansas is an industry melting pot from which one success builds on another. Arkansas is home to 6 Fortune 500 companies that include Walmart, Tyson, J.B. Hunt, Dillard’s, Windstream, and Murphy USA. We are an incubator for bold ideas, granting you the unique ability to choose the path to your fortune. Or several paths, if you like. After all, there's nothing that cannot be achieved in Arkansas.
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 results in an educated workforce enriched by long-term training and primed for 21st century challenges.
Why Invest in Arkansas
1. Ease of Doing Business
Under the leadership of Governor Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas streamlined start-up, relocation and expansion processes. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission has established a “single point of contact” system to help prospects do business with ease. Our Business Development Team stays up-to-date on incentives for job creation, research and development, investment and more. We are ready to help you find the incentives available to expand your business in Arkansas.
2. Location & Logistics
Arkansas enjoys quick and easy access to key markets. From Arkansas, you are a day’s drive from two-thirds of the nation’s population. Arkansas also has a modern and improving transportation infrastructure to easily and quickly move products and goods. Whether the desire is to utilize runways, rivers, rails or roads – you find them all in Arkansas.
3. Entrepreneurial Spirit
In the last five years, alone, more than 300 start-ups launched in Northwest Arkansas. Our history for reinventing retail and logistics is helping to develop a new generation of thought-leaders. Walmart, Tyson, J.B. Hunt, Dillard’s, Windstream, and Murphy USA are 6 Fortune 500 companies based in Arkansas. Currently, The ARK Challenge has invested $2 million in private funding to support tech companies developing the region's retail, food processing and logistics industries. The bottom line is that we are focused on your bottom line. We work diligently so your company goes from spending money to making money quickly and efficiently.
4. Low Cost of Doing Business
Arkansas can compete with anyone when it comes to the cost of doing business. Low real estate and construction costs make start-up and relocation opportunities in the state attractive. Also, working in partnership with Entergy and Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, large energy consumers are afforded discounted rates for electricity.
5. Proactive Governor
On Governor Hutchinson’s first day in January 2015, he called six companies and asked them to consider moving to Arkansas. A year later, one of those companies, Sig Sauer, did just that by relocating its manufacturing facility to Jacksonville. Economic development is a priority for our governor, and if you consider Arkansas as a place to do business, you should expect to receive a phone call from Governor Hutchinson!