Competitive Strengths of Clark County
Adequate Pool of Healthcare Professionals and Strong Educational Programs to Provide Trained Healthcare Workers.
Henderson State University in Arkadelphia has an enrollment of more than 3,700 students and grants Associate's, Bachelor's and Master's degrees. HSU offers Bachelor's degrees in more than 50 program areas including human services, biology, chemistry, sociology, gerontology, and nursing.
Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia is a four-year liberal arts college which has an enrollment of approximately 1,500 students. OBU offers Bachelor's degrees in more than 60 program areas of study including biology, chemistry, dental hygiene, dietetics and nutrition, kinesiology and leisure studies, nursing, and medicine.
Concentration of Existing Healthcare Services Companies in the Area.
Baptist Health Medical Center - Arkadelphia serves residents of Southwest Arkansas by offering services such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and digital mammography, for early detection of breast cancer.
W.P. Malone, Inc., which includes a chain of Allcare Pharmacies, located throughout Arkansas, is headquartered in Arkadelphia and employs an estimated 150.
The Arkadelphia Human Development Center, which began operations in 1968, primarily works with adults who have developmental disabilities with the focus on providing a transitional placement for those who are able to develop vocational skills, obtain employment and eventually secure living and working arrangements in the community.
Group Living, Inc., established in 1973, is a private, non-profit organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities in order to assist them in attaining their highest level of independence and to become integrated into the community.
There are also a number of assisted living facilities and retirement communities in Arkadelphia including "The Plaza" at Twin Rivers which features assisted living, Levels 1 & 2 and medic-aid certified; the Courtyard Gardens Health & Rehabilitation, Twin Rivers Health and Rehabilitation and the Gardens Retirement Community development.
Little Rock, Arkansas, which is located within less than one hour of Arkadelphia, is the healthcare center of Arkansas featuring the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and its five medical centers along with the Arkansas Children's Hospital, as well as other excellent healthcare centers such as local clinics of private practitioners, medical centers, cosmetic enhancement and even medical-related spa services. UAMS is Arkansas' only academic medical center training more than 80 percent of the physicians in the state, as well as other medical professionals.
Skilled and Available Workforce
Clark County has a total labor force of more than 11,000 people and the labor-shed population of over 330,000 within commuting range 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.
Low Cost of Doing Business
CNBC's 2013 "Top States for Doing Business" Report ranked Arkansas as the state with the 4th lowest cost of doing business.
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.