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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 banded 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.

Regional Goals

As a result of the SET planning process, the region has set four primary goals:

  • Workforce - Increase high school youth participation in global career preparation programs by 25% in 5 years.
  • Broadband - Make broadband available to every household in the region by 2030.
  • Agriculture - Expand local opportunities for new and value-added agriculture by 10% in region by 2020.
  • Tourism - Increase tourism-related visitors from outside the region by 2% within one year.


Recap of Planning Process

Civic Forum - September 27, 2017

Initial exploration of region's strengths, challenges and opportunities:

Community capitals map with post-it notes depicting assets in region

Session 1: Overview & Exploration of Regional Data - November 29, 2017

Session 2: Evidence-Based Planning - December 18, 2017

Session 3: Connecting Capitals - January 23, 2018

Session 4: Finalizing the Plan - February 14, 2018

Resources & Implementation - May 30, 2018

To get involved or learn more, contact:

  • Sue McGowan, Paragould Regional Chamber of Commerce; (870) 236-7684

  • Andrea Allen, Delta Center for Economic Development, Arkansas State University; (870) 972-3000

  • Stacey McCullough, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension, (501) 671-2078

  • Bryan Exum, USDA Rural, (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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