Accrisoft Corporation provides a finely tuned blend of technology and services that empower your economic development organization to accomplish your goals and better serve investors. Accrisoft Freedom™ is a comprehensive software solution that spans across your organization's operations, finance, marketing, and sales departments, allowing your entire team to work together harmoniously on a single platform.

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Chmura Economics & Analytics

Chmura Economics & Analytics is an applied economic consulting firm specializing in delivering advanced economic analysis. Our core competencies include economic consulting, economic development, workforce development, economic impact studies, custom publications, and data and software solutions. Chmura has the experience and expertise to transform data into information that drives effective strategy and business solutions. Our premier technology platforms - JobsEQ®, and LaborEQ® - are in widespread use across the United States. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Chmura was founded in 1999 and operates regional offices in Cleveland, Ohio and Spokane, Washington.

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DCI is "The Leader in Marketing Places." Since 1960, we have worked with more than 450 cities, regions, states, provinces and countries, helping them to attract both investors and visitors. We specialize exclusively in all phases of economic development and tourism marketing including branding, websites, public relations, social/digital media, talent attraction, prospect development, travel trade, and special events. Current clients include a range of states (California, Iowa, North Dakota, Texas, and New Jersey), cities/regions (Charleston, Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Houston, Research Triangle Region, and Louisville) and countries (Netherlands, Thailand, Scotland and Peru), to name a few. DCI is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Denver, Los Angeles and Toronto.

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EMSI provides economic developers with the industry, workforce, and educational analytics necessary to understand their comparative regional strengths and use them to drive economic prosperity. Our labor market data tools and consulting services play an integral role in our clients' strategic planning, regional intelligence, and business retention and expansion efforts. We've been in business for 15 years, additionally leveraging our presence in higher education and our partnership with CareerBuilder, our parent company, to bring unique insight and data services to the table.

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Since 1969, ESRI® has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The world leader in GIS, ESRI technology is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, and more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies. ESRI's Business Analyst suite brings geography and business intelligence together, allowing economic developers to view data in revealing geographic patterns that enable better decision making. Learn more about site selection, business attraction/retention, and demographic analysis.

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Founded in 1957, ICSC is the global trade association of the shopping center industry, with more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries. The shopping center industry is essential to economic development and opportunity, serving as job creators, drivers of GDP, and a critical revenue source for the communities they serve through the collection of sales taxes and the payment of property taxes. In addition to being fiscal engines, they are integral to the social fabric of their communities by providing a central place to congregate and participate in philanthropic endeavors. For the latest news from ICSC and the industry see www.thecenterofshopping.com.

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OCO Global

OCO Global has been providing economic development solutions for over 15 years to leading organizations such as Enterprise Florida, Missouri Department of Economic Development, Jobs Ohio, UK Trade and Investment, JETRO, Invest Hong Kong, UNCTAD and WAIPA. We also work with leading consulting firms such as PwC and EY in support of delivery as well as many private sector companies that we assist on their internationalization journey. With headquarters in Belfast, UK and offices in London, Paris, Frankfurt, New York and Tokyo, we employ a multinational and multilingual staff of over 60 full time consultants specializing in Trade and Investment. For further information, please see www.ocoglobal.com.

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StateBook is the first online marketplace for site selection and economic growth and development. Explore reliable information required for site selection decisions for every community in the country, from demographics, taxes and utility costs to quality of life data like museums and golf courses. Connect with economic developers from each location to learn more about their communities, and use our robust tools to search, create meaningful reports, and more. Welcome to the new online meeting place for site selection consultants, EDO'S, business, academia and government.

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Entergy Corporation

Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation's leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $12 billion and approximately 13,000 employees.

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Arkansas Economic Development Commission

Arkansas is a pro-business environment operating leaner, faster, and more focused through a streamlined state government designed to act quickly and decisively on corporate interests. Led by a governor who operates like a CEO, the state delivers the quick action and nimble solutions that companies need to efficiently expand and thrive in a competitive global economy. Solutions built on the success of six homegrown Fortune 500 companies and a booming economy that led the nation in GDP growth in 2016. Come join this amazing venture we call "Arkansas Inc" and see how doing business in Arkansas can put you in some pretty good company..

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City of West Memphis

The City of West Memphis is in the nation's logistics heart and just a two-day truck drive from 75% of the nation's population centers. I-40 and I-55 are located less than 3 miles from the city's industrial parks. In addition to the road infrastructure, there is direct access to the following Class I railroad companies; Burlington Northern Santé Fe, Canadian National, CSX, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific with an intermodal facility in the county. The Port of West Memphis is the only deepwater port in the area. The community is positioned a short drive from Memphis International Airport, home of the FedEx Superhub. Because of the highway and interstate infrastructure throughout the area, West Memphis also has access to a large population base with a diversified workforce just a short drive time away. To find out more contact Phillip Sorrell, Director at psorrell@citywm.com or visit www.westmemphis.com.

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Metro Little Rock Alliance

Metro Little Rock Alliance represents a 12-county region with of over 1,000,000 people. It is located in the center of the country with 40% of the nation's population within a 550-mile radius and is located at the crossroads of Interstate 30 and the most heavily traveled Interstate in the nation, Interstate 40. Additional transportation infrastructure includes the Arkansas River ports, the UP and BNSF Class I rail lines, and the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.

The region benefits from a diversified economic base revolving around advanced manufacturing, aerospace, information technology, medical/healthcare, and military. Metro Little Rock has 20 institutions of higher education totaling approximately 70,000 enrolled students.

Metro Little Rock has a business-friendly environment, a highly-educated and trained workforce, large utilities capacities, a Foreign Trade Zone, low costs of land and construction, low cost of doing business, and low cost of living - which combined, create growth and success to new and expanding companies.

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American Electric Power (AEP) is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States. We deliver electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states spanning from Canada to Mexico. AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity and owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system. Our team of economic development professionals provides comprehensive location advisory and account management services in parts of Arkansas, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. AEP's headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio. Call us at 1-800-360-SITE(7483) or visit us at www.aeped.com.

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Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to support job creation, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states.

Supporting Job Creation: Through targeted investments and partnerships with local, state, and federal organizations and the private sector, DRA has helped to create and retain more than 37,000 jobs.

Building Communities: With an impressive leverage ratio of 24.02 to 1, the DRA has leveraged its $163 million in strategic investments into more than 1,000 projects that have attracted total public and private investments of nearly $3.5 billion.

Improving Lives: DRA investments have trained more than 7,300 workers for 21st century jobs, and delivered water and sewer improvements to more than 66,000 residents.

Learn more at www.dra.gov.

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The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric distribution cooperatives; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based cooperative that provides services to the distribution cooperatives; and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC), a generation and transmission cooperative. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to approximately 500,000 homes, farms and businesses in Arkansas and surrounding states.

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Oklahoma Gas & Electric

A subsidiary of OGE Energy Corp., Oklahoma Gas & Electric serves approximately 832,000 customers in a service territory spanning 30,000 square miles in Oklahoma and Western Arkansas. With about 6,800 megawatts of capacity, OG&E generates electricity using low-sulfur coal, natural gas, wind and solar. OGE Energy employs approximately 2,500 people and owns a 50 percent general partner interest, and a 26.3 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, LP. Find more information about OG&E at www.oge.com, follow OG&E on Twitter at @OGandE, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ogepower.

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Hot Springs Metro Partnership

The Hot Springs Metro Partnership is the area's public/private economic development organization, serving all of Garland County. Located in the heart of the nation and within a one-day drive of 80 million people, Hot Springs is a great place to work and live. While we have a small-town family atmosphere, there are also more than 250,000 people within a 30-minute driving radius of Hot Springs, ensuring our employers have a readily available workforce. Greater Hot Springs has one of the most vibrant economies in Arkansas in one of the nation's most scenic settings. The region has a reasonable cost of living and a business-friendly approach that has attracted global companies as well as entrepreneurs.

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Little Rock Convention and Visitor's Bureau

Situated on the Arkansas River, Little Rock is home to a thriving New South culture that offers a vibrant nightlife, big-time entertainment, world-class attractions and a booming dining scene with the best Arkansas restaurants serving up dishes from all over the globe. The fact that we're one of the top Arkansas vacation spots and among America's most affordable cities means you can have fun and keep your money in your pocket. Little Rock has a big role in history and looks to the future. Learn about Central High School's place in the civil rights movement, explore the Clinton Presidential Center and imagine a world free of hunger and poverty at the Heifer Village. If you're the outdoorsy type, lace up your running shoes or hop on your bicycle and cruise the Arkansas River Trail - it features more than 15 miles of scenic riverfront and one of the longest pedestrian and bicycle bridges in America.

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Monticello Economic Development Commission

Monticello Industrial Development Corporation was founded on December 16, 1955. On August 27, 1997, the name was officially changed to Monticello Industrial/Economic Development Commission, Inc. (MEDC). MEDC is a quasi-governmental agency and an Arkansas corporation which has contracted with the city of Monticello to provide economic development services since 1998. The organization is governed by a Board of Directors representative of our community including public schools, university, financial institutions, business and industry. The mission of MEDC is to leverage our financial, political and human capital to strengthen the economic environment in Monticello and Drew County; foster a climate for business and industry to start, grow and operate profitably while enhancing the earning opportunities for every citizen; utilize our institutions and volunteers to sustain and grow the educational, health care, social, cultural and recreational resources in our community; and to make Monticello and Drew County a destination of choice.

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American City & County

American City & County magazine analyzes and concisely explains important issues facing cities, counties and states. Sign up for your free subscription and get the latest information on government trends, policies, best practices, case studies and a broad scope of local and state government news.

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Convergent Nonprofit Solutions

Convergent Nonprofit Solutions specializes in raising public and private sector funding for economic development organizations across the country. Our clients use this funding for operations, marketing, special projects, staffing, new facilities, industrial parks and more. To maximize financial support for your organization, we develop Return on Investment (ROI) analyses for all of our campaigns, thereby illustrating the direct correlation between your program of work and your stakeholders' bottom lines. That's the key to transitioning your donors to investors and securing significantly larger commitments. Stop by our booth to learn more about the work we're currently doing in two dozen communities around the country. Convergent Nonprofit Solutions - Better fundraising. Better results.



Mississippi County Economic Development

Mississippi County Economic Development was formed 2002 with a mission to grow existing industry, while attracting new industry to Mississippi County, Arkansas. Being the first county in Arkansas to pass an economic development tax in 2003; this organization has facilitated the creation of close to 4,000 new, full time, high paying jobs. Companies choose Mississippi County not only for the incentive, but because of the access to a Class 1 rail road mainline, access to low freight cost on the Mississippi River and access to Interstate 55, which connects Mississippi County to 75% of the US trade market.

The local economic development team, Arkansas Northeastern College, and local industries have teamed up to establish state of the art workforce training to prepare all local citizens for employment opportunities.

When it comes to economic development, Mississippi County, Arkansas has become a vanguard trendsetter for many Delta communities.



fDi Intelligence

fDi Intelligence, a service from the Financial Times, is the largest FDI centre of excellence globally. Specialising in all areas relating to foreign direct investment and investment promotion, the full suite of services includes: location advertising to generate brand awareness; industry-leading intelligence tools to develop FDI strategies and identify potential investors; and tailored FDI events and investor roundtables to meet target companies and generate business leads. To find out how these services could be of benefit, contact us on fDi@ft.com.

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