Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Commerce is to champion economic opportunities through strategic initiatives and an equitable regulatory environment that attracts and grows businesses, safeguards consumers, enhances workforce quality, and energizes our infrastructure, creating a better quality of life for all Arkansans.


Arkansas Development Finance Authority
Arkansas Division of Aeronautics
Arkansas Division of Workforce Services
Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Arkansas Insurance Department
Arkansas Securities Department
Arkansas State Bank Department
Arkansas Waterways Commission
Arkansas Wine Producers Council
Office of Skills Development
Office of Skills Development

Executive Team

Allison Hatfield

Chief of Staff

Missy Morehart

Chief Information Officer

Clark Cogbill

Director of Marketing & Communications

Melissa Adams
Melissa Adams

Executive Assistant

About The Governor

Sarah Sanders

Sarah Sanders

Governor of Arkansas

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the 47th Governor of Arkansas.

Inaugurated on January 10, 2023, she is the first woman to serve as governor of the state and currently is the youngest governor in the country.

Read the Governor’s full bio.

Recent News

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AEDC Launches Arkansas Site Development Program
Posted: 06/10/2024

Program provides funds to enhance industrial site readiness LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (June 10, 2024) – The Arkansas...

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Arkansas Receives CSBS Bank Reaccreditation
Posted: 05/07/2024

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 7, 2024) — The Arkansas State Bank Department has earned reaccreditation...

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Cody Waits Named Director of Arkansas Workforce Connection Division
Posted: 03/29/2024

Little Rock, Ark. (March 29, 2024) – The Arkansas Department of Commerce has named Cody...

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Arkansas State Broadband Office Releases New State Broadband Map; Launches Statewide Mapping Challenge Process
Posted: 03/13/2024

On March 12, the Arkansas State Broadband Office released the state’s new state broadband map....

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#4 Top State for Inbound Movers

in the U.S.

Arkansas Economic Development Commission

$16.7 Billion

invested in Arkansas by 367 companies since 2015

Arkansas Economic Development Commission

#3 most inland waterway miles

in the U.S.

MKARNS = 507,099,026 tons (May 2021)

Arkansas Waterways Commission


foreign-owned operations in the state

Arkansas Department of Commerce


banks headquartered in Arkansas

Arkansas State Bank Department

3.4% Unemployment

May 2024

Department of Workforce Services

#3 Best State to Start a New Business

in the U.S.


Positive Economic Outlook

1 of 6 States to Receive “Positive” Rating

S&P Global Ratings

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