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Arkansas Economic Development

Many communities and regions in Arkansas are affected by the changing global economy. Community & Economic Development unit can assist your community and region to:

  • Identify new economic opportunities
  • Estimate the number of jobs, income and value added that would be generated by the chosen economic strategies
  • Estimate growth of revenue and expenses for local governments that would be caused by economic strategies
  • Assist communities to start new economic strategies

Our programs assist community leaders to identify and implement economic strategies that build strong and vibrant economies.

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We help community leaders to describe local assets and identify regional opportunities.  We can also help communities evaluate the economic and fiscal impacts of different strategies and projects.  To learn more about the services that we provide choose from the options below.  Or, for more information on how to access these programs and assistance, contact your county extension agent or call (501)671-2072.

Map of the Month: Persistent Poverty

Map of the Month for December: Persistent Poverty in Arkansas

Many counties in Arkansas suffer from high rates of poverty.  Several of these are "persistent poverty" counties--20% or more of their population was below the federal poverty line in the 1980, 1990 and 2000 Census and again in the 2007-2011 American Community Survey.  Some counties are "persistent childhood poverty" counties. Twenty percent (20%) of children in these counties fell below the federal poverty line for the same dates.

The Map of the Month for December illustrates the prevalence of persistent poverty in Arkansas.

Picture of the Rural Profile of Arkansas cover art.  Includes pictures of a rock arch, a welder, a young girl walking her cow, and two kayakers.

Rural Profile of Arkansas

The Rural Profile of Arkansas is published every other year. It provides analysis of a wide range of topics to shed light on the issues impacting rural Arkansans. Follow the link below to learn more or to download a free copy of the 2017 Rural Profile of Arkansas. 

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