Knowledge that inspires

Read our reports and publications to learn more about important programs, projects, and trends in Arkansas and the region.

AEDI Publications

2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016

— 2020 —

Getting Ready for School

Arkansas’ School Readiness Indicators provide reliable measures with which the state’s families, legislative leaders, educators, and communities may continue to track and pursue strategies that will move us toward the goal of Getting Ready for School.

Thrive Hempstead Co.

Thrive Hempstead represents the collective opinion on how to revitalize the community to meet the inevitable economic and social changes that come with an uncertain future.

— 2019 —

Argenta Downtown Experience District

This report presents figures from the Argenta area and some of its entertainment drivers and shows the way in which these venues attract visitors from outside the city and central Arkansas.

United States Census 2020*

The role of the Decennial Census in the geographic distribution of federal funds through federal spending programs guided by the data collected.

*Update to 2018 release.

Who is AEDI

AEDI provides research, technical assistance, and training to support and enhance economic development and thus improve the quality of life/place throughout the State.

Red River Leadership Institute

The Red River Leadership Institute is dedicated to preparing leaders that will create real economic development opportunities for the Red River Region and beyond.

Getting Ready for School

Arkansas’ School Readiness Indicators provide reliable measures with which the state’s families, legislative leaders, educators, and communities may continue to track and pursue strategies that will move us toward the goal of Getting Ready for School.

CAPPD CEDS 2019

The Central Arkansas Planning and Development District is responsible for developing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) that identifies economic and community development priorities for the District.

Census Data Matters: Rural America

Federal rural assistance programs use census-derived data to distribute funds through grants, loans, loan guarantees, insurance programs and direct payments to rural communities.

Yellville Action Plan

The Arkansas Economic Development Institute (AEDI) partnered with the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District (NWAEDD) to bring the ACCESS community development program to the city of Yellville in the NWAEDD region.

6th Annual Metropolitan Little Rock Report Card

A critical economic breakdown of key indicators for Arkansas’ Metropolitan Statistical Areas.

ArkLaMEC

Arkansas-Louisiana Multimodal Economy Corridor – Building a regional economic development program around a multimodal transportation infrastructure

— 2018 —

NWAEDD CEDS 2019-2023

NWAEDD developed a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) following new EDA 2016 guidelines that identifies economic and community development priorities for the District.

2-Year Community College Future Trends

AEDI held a presentation with stakeholders to share tools, applications and data that can be used to enhance the efforts of Arkansas’ two-year colleges.

Arkansas Trade Adjustment Assistance

This report provides a short history of the program, an overview of the program’s implementation in
Arkansas, and positives and negatives associated with Trade Adjustment Assistance.

ACCESS Little River County

The Arkansas Economic Development Institute worked with Little River County residents to create a grassroots plan that will better their quality of life and become a catalyst for a sustainable economy.

5th Annual Metropolitan Report Card

A critical economic breakdown of key indicators for Arkansas’ Metropolitan Statistical Areas.

Red River Army Depot

AEDI researchers utilized a RIMS II model to estimate the economic impacts of this layoff on the associated Texarkana Labor Shed.

Arkansas River Navigation Study

A feasibility study to improve Arkansas River navigation conditions while incidentally improving flood control, hydropower, recreation, and fish and wildlife.

United States Census 2020*

The role of the Decennial Census in the geographic distribution of federal funds through federal spending programs guided by the data collected.

*Updated in 2019.

Getting Ready for School

Arkansas’ School Readiness Indicators provide reliable measures with which the state’s families, legislative leaders, educators, and communities may continue to track and pursue strategies that will move us toward the goal of Getting Ready for School.

33rd Annual REMI User’s Conference

At the 33rd Annual REMI User’s Conference, AEDI staff made a presentation on the topic “Implications of a Change in Retirement Savings in Arkansas.”

— 2017 —

Think Big Little Rock

Think BIG Little Rock has been a year-long strategic assessment and implementation process aimed at improving the Little Rock region’s overall quality of place and making it a community in which young professionals will want to live and work.

Think Big Little Rock Appendix

Southwest Little Rock

The Southwest Little Rock Alliance partnered with AEDI to create a study recognizing the potential of Southwest Little Rock as a wonderful place to live, work, play, and invest.

Getting Ready for School

Arkansas’ School Readiness Indicators provide reliable measures with which the state’s families, legislative leaders, educators, and communities may continue to track and pursue strategies that will move us toward the goal of Getting Ready for School.

Socioeconomic Impact of Marijuana

In recent years, a number of states in the US have changed their laws regarding its production and consumption. This is a summary of the current legal status of marijuana and the social and financial impact on states that legalized its consumption.

Fourth Annual Metropolitan Little Rock Economic Report Card

How does the economic performance of the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area compare to other Metropolitan Statistical Areas.

Hempstead Hall

The purpose of this study is to inform stakeholders by using survey and ticket purchase sales information to measure economic and social contributions of Hempstead Hall in Hempstead County.

AEDI Annual Report 2017

The mission of the AEDI is to provide research and strategies to state, community, and industry leaders to promote economic growth and enhance the quality of life in Arkansas.

AR Personal Income Handbook

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates of total and per capita personal income as well as additional detail on the sources of personal income by type and major industry for Arkansas.

AR State & County Economic Data

State and County Economic Data contains various data including population, employment, personal income, etc. for all of the counties in Arkansas.

Accounting for Population Changes in Arkansas Counties

Population change on and off the state diagonal as related to per capita personal income in 2015.

Accounting for Population Changes in Arkansas’ Metropolitan Areas

This report focuses on gleaning relevant information from the components of population change about how the populations of Arkansas Cities have grown over this 6.25 year period.

The Majority Status of Arkansas’ Minority Populations

This brief report traces the changing nature of the minority status of Arkansas’ racial and Hispanic populations that have been enumerated in the U.S. Censuses since 1990.

Accounting for Population Changes in Arkansas’ Metropolitan Area Counties

This report analyzes population change within the individual counties found within Arkansas’ Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), and focuses on gleaning relevant information about how the populations of Arkansas cities has grown over this 6.25 year period.

White River Research Memorandum

This research was conducted to estimate the potential economic effects of the lack of White River navigation on the areas of Jackson, Monroe, Prairie, and Woodruff counties in Arkansas.

Go Forward Pine Bluff

The Go Forward Pine Bluff Strategic Plan is a conclusive blueprint for addressing the systemic problems facing the City of Pine Bluff.

Economic Consequences of the Earned Income Tax Credit in Arkansas

The primary purpose of this study is educational, and it strives to make readers aware of the facts, the costs, and the consequences of this type of income maintenance program for Arkansas.

Today’s Delta, Third Edition

The Delta Regional Authority works to improve regional economic growth and opportunity through strategic economic development investments in the Delta region’s communities, families, and businesses.

— 2016 —

AR Personal Income Handbook

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates of total and per capita personal income as well as additional detail on the sources of personal income by type and major industry for Arkansas.

AR State & County Economic Data

State and County Economic Data contains various data including population, employment, personal income, etc. for all of the counties in Arkansas.

Getting Ready for School

Arkansas’ School Readiness Indicators provide reliable measures with which the state’s families, legislative leaders, educators, and communities may continue to track and pursue strategies that will move us toward the goal of Getting Ready for School.