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Stronger Economies Together - Northeast Arkansas

Map of counties in Northeast Arkansas Economic Development Coalition participating in Stronger Economies Together program
Northeast Arkansas Stronger Economies Together Region

As part of the Northeast Arkansas Economic Development Coalition, six counties are working together to develop and implement a regional economic development plan that builds on the region's assets and comparative economic strengths. Counties involved include Clay, Craighead, Greene, Lawrence, Poinsett and Randolph.

Civic Forum

A civic forum was held on September 27, 2017 in Paragould to begin exploring the region's strengths, challenges and opportunities. Missed the forum or need a recap of what happened? View the following documents to learn more:

Planning Session 1: Overview & Exploration of Regional Data

The first formal planning session was held November 29, 2017 where regional representatives identified five key industry clusters for further consideration:

  1. Agribusiness, Food Processing and Technology
  2. Chemicals
  3. Machinery Manufacturing
  4. Business and Financial Services
  5. Information Technology and Telecommunications

You can read Session 1 Notes to learn more about what occurred at this planning meeting. The following information was examined to identify industry clusters of interest:

Planning Session 2: Evidence-Based Planning

Session 2 will be held on December 18, 2018 at the Paragould Civic Center at 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. RSVP at (870) 236-7684. Individuals interested in attending this session are strongly encouraged to review the Preparing for SET Session 2 guide and review information from the previous sessions. 

Next Steps

Additional planning sessions will be held in January and February 2018. The core steering committee is in the process of scheduling these sessions to develop the region's strategic plan, including identifying specific goals, objectives and actions steps. There are many ways in which you can get involved:

  • Serve on the Regional Planning Team
  • Participate in strategic planning meetings
  • Spread the word with friends and colleagues so they can contribute to the effort
  • Host or sponsor snacks at a strategic planning meeting
  • Serve on the writing team
  • Assist with implementing the strategic plan

To get involved, contact one of the individuals listed below.

Contact Information

  • Sue McGowan, Paragould Regional Chamber of Commerce

    smcgowan@paragould.org; (870) 236-7684

  • Andrea Allen, Delta Center for Economic Development, Arkansas State University

    anallen@astate.edu; (870) 972-3000

  • Stacey McCullough, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Servicesmccullough@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2078

  • Bryan Exum, USDA Rural Developmentbryan.exum@ar.usda.gov, (870) 972-4671 ext. 4

About Stronger Economies Together (SET)

Two regions in Arkansas are currently participating in SET - one in Northeast Arkansas and one in Southeast Arkansas. Visit the Arkansas SET website to learn more about the program in our state.

Stronger Economies Together is a partnership among the Cooperative Extension Service, USDA Rural Development, the four Regional Rural Development Centers with leadership from the Southern Rural Development Center, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and the Purdue Center for Regional Development. Visit the national SET website for more information.

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