When they relocate or expand in the six-county Western Arkansas region, businesses enjoy advantages including tailored workforce training programs at the region’s public schools, colleges and universities. They also have access to a well-developed logistics network that includes two major interstates and other highways, efficient river transportation, convenient rail service and worldwide connections via Fort Smith Regional Airport.
“The region’s advantages and attractions include the availability of multi-modal transportation,” says Sasha Grist, executive director of the Western Arkansas Planning & Development District. “Nearly any industry requiring transportation options is supported. There is a good inventory of property that includes existing buildings and infrastructure as well as sites of all sizes to accommodate new construction.”