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.

Divisions

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

Judge Steven Porch
Judge Steven Porch

Chief Legal Counsel & Executive Broadband Manager

David Bell
David Bell

Chief Financial Officer

Jim Hudson
Jim Hudson

Chief of Staff

Melissa Adams
Melissa Adams

Executive Assistant

About The Governor

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson

Asa Hutchinson

Governor of Arkansas

Asa Hutchinson is the 46th governor of the State of Arkansas. In 2018, he was re-elected with 65% of the vote, having received more votes than any other candidate for governor in the state's history.

He has won recognition for the state as a leader in computer science education, cut taxes by $150 million, and signed a law that exempts the retirement pay of veterans from state income tax.

President Ronald Reagan appointed Governor Hutchinson as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. In 1996, he won the first of three successive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his third term in Congress, President George W. Bush appointed him director of the Drug Enforcement Administration and later as an undersecretary in the newly created Department of Homeland Security.

His experience has established him as a national resource for his expertise on trade, energy, national security, and education. The governor has been invited to the White House several times to join discussions about health care, Medicaid, and education issues.

The Governor is the current Vice Chair of the National Governors Association. He is the former co-chair of the Council of Governors and the former chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), Southern States Energy Board (SSEB), and the Southern Regional Education Board.

Governor Hutchinson grew up on a small farm in Gravette. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas law school. He and his wife, Susan, have been married 47 years. They have four children and six grandchildren.

Recent News

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New Coalition Launches to Help Close Arkansas’ Digital Divide
Posted: 07/15/2022

BENTONVILLE, Ark (July 14 2022) – Today, a group of more than 15 local organizations...

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Commerce Secretary Mike Preston names new broadband director
Posted: 07/11/2022

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (July 11, 2022) – Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston today announced that...

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Vacancy Announcement: Director of State Broadband Office
Posted: 06/21/2022

UPDATE: This position has been filled.  The Arkansas Department of Commerce is recruiting for a...

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Arkansas Department of Commerce Names Jim Hudson Chief of Staff
Posted: 03/04/2022

  Little Rock, Ark. (March 4, 2022) – The Arkansas Department of Commerce has named...

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#1 for relative value of $100

in the U.S.

Arkansas Economic Development Commission

$10.7 Billion

invested in Arkansas by 529 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

293

foreign-owned operations in the state

Arkansas Department of Commerce

85

banks headquartered in Arkansas

Arkansas State Bank Department

4.4% Unemployment

May 2021 (no increase)

Department of Workforce Services

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