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Economic Development

Since 2010 The Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District has worked with our State and Federal Partners to attract over $36,000,000 in investments to expand and attract business and industry to our region.

As a requirement of the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration Planning Investment, Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District developed a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) that will serve as a blueprint to diversify and strengthen our regional economies.

Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District’s CEDS is now available for review. Download 2018 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (PDF)

If you have any questions concerning the CEDS, please contact Patrecia Hargrove.


Regional Federal Partners

A federal authority working with 8 member states to serve the Delta region by improving regional economic opportunities, creating jobs, building communities and improving lives.


The Economic Development Administration, an agency in the U.S. Department of Commerce, makes investments in economically distressed communities to create jobs for American workers, promote innovation and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.



USDA Rural Development administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices.



State Partners


The Arkansas Economic Development Commission is state agency designated to create economic opportunity in our state.  They offer incentives to expand and attract business and industry to Arkansas.



The Arkansas Rural Services is a Division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.  They provide grants and technical assistance to communities in Arkansas with a population less than 20,000. 

Local Power Companies

Local power companies throughout the region work with the District to promote regional prosperity. Contact your local power company to learn more about economic development resources that you may be able to access in your community. Links to local power companies that have websites appear below.


Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District

Physical Address
721 S. Walnut Street
Pine Bluff, AR 71601

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 6806
Pine Bluff, AR 71611


Tel. 870-536-1971

We would love to hear from you!

Our mission is to provide services to Southeast Arkansas. How can we serve you?