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Community Development & Planning

Designed to assist communities of all sizes, this unit uses a grassroots approach to enhance the quality of place. This process helps communities address their weaknesses and utilize their strengths effectively.

Economic Research & Data Analysis

This unit engages in objective economic research central to making informed decisions. Specializing in economic analysis and forecasting, they assist businesses and communities to understand and interpret economic indicators.

Arkansas
Data Center

As the official US Census State Data Center for Arkansas, this unit provides access and education on Census Bureau data and products as well as other statistical resources to a multitude of data users across the state. Equipped with subject matter experts, this unit also provides demographic analysis and support to various clients throughout the region.

Geographic Information Systems

The GIS unit provides advanced spatial analysis, identifying trends and patterns at various geographic data scales. This unit also provides interactive spatial applications, utilizing both primary and secondary data, in order to make complex datasets more accessible and understandable to the general populace.

Fast Facts

The State Leader in Economic Development for 65+ years.
Serving 75 Arkansas counties and the region.

Over 225

Training & Economic Presentations Given
13 community surveys
created with

Over 4,000 Respondants

1,497

Police & Fire District Maps

23 Data Driven

Community Assessments

Over 500

Data Requests Solved

In the News

Read the latest news from the Arkansas Economic Development Institute:

County Population Estimates – July 1, 2023

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Vintage 2023 population estimates released today, 39 of the 75 counties in Arkansas gained population from July 1, 2022

State’s unemployment down to 2.7%

Arkansas continued to see record employment levels in May, posting job gains for the eighth-straight month that helped lower the state’s unemployment rate to 2.7%,

Being designated an U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration University Center allows AEDI to promote and facilitate economic development strategies and projects throughout the state and region.

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