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Economics of the Arkansas River Valley Region

Manufacturing is the top employment group in the Arkansas River Valley Region (Yell & Pope Counties) and the Alliance works diligently to continuing improving the business climate and quality of life to support these companies.

Workforce Availability, Quality, and Development Activities

Workforce development and education is a top priority in the Arkansas River Valley Region. Companies in the River Valley Region rank their workforce as high quality and affordable. The workforce in the region adapts easily and is loyal and dedicated.

Manufacturers in the region rank the workforce development assets very highly. These include the University of Arkansas Community College in Morrilton and local high school vocational and technical programs. Arkansas Tech University, a fully accredited four-year institution, is located in the heart of the region and offers many excellent programs in higher education focused on business and industry including engineering.

Major Employers

Fortune 500 companies Tyson Foods, Olin, Firestone Tire and Rubber, International Paper, ConAgra Brands and major industries including West Fraser, and Cloverleaf Cold Storage. all have facilities in the Arkansas River Valley Region. For more on Major Employers, please visit the major employers page.


Getting you and your company’s products in and out of Arkansas River Valley Region is a breeze:

  • Motor freight opportunities on several major highways, including Interstate 40,
  • U.S Highway 64, and seven state highways
  • Rail service on D & R and Union Pacific Railroads
  • Water transportation based at the Port of Dardanelle along the Arkansas River
  • Air service from the Russellville Municipal Airport and Little Rock National Airport


Businesses in the Arkansas River Valley region have access to a solid, dependable network of utilities that won’t let them down. These providers include CenturyLink, Suddenlink, Ritter Communication and Entergy, companies known for reliability and efficiency.

For more information on the Arkansas Valley region, please contact us.


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