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Regional Profile

Arkansas River Valley 10-Year Vision

The region of Pope and Yell counties is a family oriented community where people of all ages enjoy a multitude of cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities in a beautiful, natural setting where vibrant companies offer diverse employment.

Demographics and Workforce

The population in the Arkansas Valley region is growing faster than the national average and also has a lower median age. The regional labor force growth rate is higher than both national and state growth rates. These favorable demographic trends in the Arkansas Valley region will help ensure that there will be an ample supply of labor for years to come

Why the Arkansas River Valley Region?

The Arkansas River Valley Region includes Pope and Yell Counties and has a population of over 80,000 people. The region is strategically located in west-central Arkansas, along Interstate 40, the Union Pacific Railroad, the fully-navigable Arkansas River and an award-winning regional airport.

The region is ideally situated between the Ozark and Ouachita National Forests and is surrounded by three state parks, a U.S. National Wildlife Preserve, numerous city and federal parks and beautiful, 30,000 plus acre Lake Dardanelle. Whether hiking to the waterfall on Petit Jean Mountain, hang-gliding from Mount Nebo, or enjoying the multitude of outdoor offerings provided by mother nature, the region simply offers an unparalleled quality of life.

The Arkansas River Valley Region offers businesses:

  • A rapidly growing population younger than state and national averages
  • People with the right training and dedicated, loyal attitude
  • Strong manufacturing and industry base with a pro-business climate
  • Transportation systems allowing seamless connections via highway, air, rail, and port
  • Affordable, reliable utilities allowing your business to run efficiently

The workers for our region’s businesses enjoy:

  • Beneficial cost of living lower than the national average
  • Quality school districts and institutions of higher education
  • Affordable, reliable healthcare providers
  • Low crime
  • A favorable climate and beautiful natural setting
  • Many housing options
  • Limitless opportunities for recreation

Distance to Major Markets

  • 80 miles to Bill and Hillary Clintion National Airport (LIT)
  • 137 miles to Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA)
  • 198 miles to Tulsa
  • 203 miles to Memphis
  • 263 miles to Oklahoma City
  • 348 miles to Kansas City
  • 361 miles to Dallas
  • 395 miles to St. Louis
  • 476 miles to Houston
  • 495 miles to New Orleans
  • 502 miles to Atlanta
  • 690 miles to Chicago
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Business Assistance

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The people and opportunities in this community are what drew me to Russellville, and that is what continues to keep me here.

Megan Ayres-Moore, Park Interpreter, Lake Dardanelle State Park

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708 West Main Street, Russellville, AR 72801

Phone: 479-968-2530

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Live, Work & Play

Do you love the idea of walking down the main street in the morning, grabbing a cup of coffee at your local coffee shop and heading off to work only to finish your day in your kayak, taking a quick hike or bike ride? If so, Russellville is the place for you. With our increasing number of urban shops and living area, our growing cultural atmosphere, amazing schools and an increasing number of job opportunities, Russellville has something for everyone.