For companies looking to grow or relocate, Arkansas offers an attractive package: low costs, talented workforce, abundant natural resources, and a true spirit of collaboration.

— Mike Preston, Executive Director,
Arkansas Economic Development Commission


United States Steel Corporation broke ground in Osceola, AR on the company’s next-generation highly sustainable and technologically advanced steel mill. The $3 billion steelmaking facility will be the most advanced in North America and largest private project in the history of Arkansas. (Photo: Arkansas Economic Development Commission)



Arkansas Inc., Arkansas Economic Development CommissionThe Arkansas Economic Development Commission creates economic opportunity by attracting higher-paying jobs, expanding and diversifying local economies, increasing incomes and investment, and generating growth throughout the state. Arkansas is a pro-business environment operating leaner and faster through streamlined state government.

Siloam Springs AR

Siloam Springs, located in Northwest Arkansas, presents a vibrant business environment across a variety of retail, commercial, and industrial activity. The residents and workforce of Siloam Springs, Arkansas provide high quality markets for many types of entrepreneurial businesses and industrial concerns.



Hot Springs AR

The Hot Springs Metro Partnership is the area’s public/private economic development organization, serving all of Garland County. There are also more than 250,000 people within a 30-minute driving radius of Hot Springs, ensuring our employers have a readily available workforce. Greater Hot Springs has one of the most vibrant economies in Arkansas in one of the nation’s most scenic settings.


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Top 10 Best Business Climate (Large): Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers2023 Metro Rankings

From the July / August 2023 issue of Business Facilities



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