Competitive Strengths of Clark County
Available and Affordable Sites
The 313-acre Clark County Industrial Park is located on U.S. Highway 67, five miles south of Arkadelphia. The site is also located within two miles of Interstate 30 and has approximately 160 acres remaining for development.
Skilled and Educated Workforce
Clark County has a total labor force of more than 10,000 people and there is a labor force of more than 91,000 within a 50-mile radius of Arkadelphia.
Approximately 57 percent of residents in Arkadelphia and 45 percent of residents in Clark County hold an Associate, Bachelor or Graduate degree or have attended some college classes.
Henderson State University in Arkadelphia has an enrollment of more than 3,532 students and grants Associate's, Bachelor's and Master's degrees. HSU offers Bachelor's degrees in more than 50 program areas, some of which may be attractive to companies that operate customer development centers including accounting, business administration, business information systems, finance, human services, management, marketing, and mathematics. HSU also offers a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree.
Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia is a four-year liberal arts college which has an enrollment of approximately 1,543 students. OBU offers Bachelor's degrees in more than 60 program areas of study including accounting, business administration, and computer science, which may be attractive to companies that operate customer development centers.
Both HSU and OBU could provide a source of qualified workers for customer development centers, including both recent graduates for full-time positions and students who are still enrolled for part-time positions.
Henderson State University's Community Education Center in Arkadelphia is a workforce training consortium that provides credit and non-credit courses as well as training programs as requested by business and industry in order to create a well trained workforce for the surrounding area.
Companies offering various internet services in Clark County include: AT&T, Alltel, Comcast, CNet, Dimensional Sound and Vision, Earthlink, EZClick, IOCC, LocalNet Corp. and Suddenlink.
Competitive state incentives
The state of Arkansas offers a competitive array of incentives that include income tax credits, sales and use tax credits and refunds, payroll rebates and cash grants for new and expanding companies.
The Clark County Industrial Park, located on U.S. Highway 67, approximately five miles south of Arkadelphia, covers 313 acres and is developed for industry with sites from 4.5 acres to 26.5 acres.
Leadership Clark County was established by the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance & Area Chamber of Commerce pursuant to one of the goals of the Clark County Strategic Plan.
The Business Retention & Expansion program of the Alliance focuses on facilitating job growth of existing business and industry and retaining jobs due to possible downsizing or relocation.