Arkansas Ranks 16th in the Nation for Personal Income Growth Gains - U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis 

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Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), AEP’s operating company in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas, provides electricity to over 60 communities in 13 counties in Western Arkansas, the center of a regional market that includes Dallas, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Memphis.

SWEPCO-Arkansas Property Search

Find the best site in Arkansas to grow your business. Whether it’s a greenfield, brownfield, or an existing building, our team is here to help.

Advantages of Doing Business in Arkansas

Location & Infrastructure

Arkansas is centrally located and easily accessible by land, water, and air.

  • 47% of the U.S. population is located within one day’s truck drive
  • 12th largest interstate system in the U. S.
  • More than 1,000 miles of ice-free waterways
  • 4 Ports
  • Over 2,655 miles of freight railroad track
  • Northwest Arkansas, is one of the fastest-growing places in the nation


Business Climate

You will find meaningful collaboration between business, government, and community.

  • Headquarters to 6 Fortune 500 companies and 125 Fortune 500 firms have operations in the stateText_CompetitiveTaxRates_2
  • Fair and pro-business tax system and a variety of competitive incentives, tax exemptions, and grants are available
  • Right-to-work state with the 6th lowest union membership rate
  • Tax Rates:
    • Corporate Income Tax: 6.5% on income >$100,000
    • Sales Tax: 6.5% + 2.92% (avg local tax) = 9.42%
    • Unemployment Insurance Tax: taxable wage base = $10,000; rate = 0.4% – 14.3%
    • Property Tax as a % of Personal Income = 1.75%

Workforce & Education

Arkansas’ incredible workforce with its high values and high standards is an attribute that sets it apart from many other states.

Pie Chart of Arkansas's Sectors of Employment

  • 22 two-year colleges, 11 public universities, 13 private colleges, 1 medical school, and 2 law schools
  • The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville is the nation’s 7th fastest-growing public university
Worker Availability in Key Occupations
Jobs    Average Hourly Earnings
STEM 43,057 $29.20
Engineers 7,665 $34.57
Business 48,862 $26.46
Automotive Production 56,770 $13.86
Source: EMSI 2015.2

Electric Service

SWEPCO’s industrial rates are 14% below the national average.

  • SWEPCO owns 5,214 MW of generation capacity
    • Natural Gas: 46.8%
    • Coal: 45.1%
    • Wind: 8.1%
  • SWEPCO operates 1,089 transmission miles and 4,503 distribution miles in Arkansas

The state of Arkansas is recognized as a leading state in economic development.

  • #2 in U.S. for Nonfarm Job Gains – U.S. Department of Labor, 2017
  • #4 for Cost of Living – CNBC Top States for Business, 2017
  • #7 for Cost of Doing Business – CNBC Top States for Business, 2017
  • #9 for Business Costs – Forbes Best States for Business, 2017
  • #9 in Manufacturing (Percentage of Workforce) – Business Facilities Magazine, 2017

SWEPCO’s key customers include:

  • Airgas
  • Cooper Tire and Rubber Company
  • Danaher Corporation
  • Domtar Corporation
  • Kennametal, Inc.
  • Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation
  • Poulan Weedeater
  • Superior Industries International
  • Tyson Foods, Inc.
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • Weyerhauser Company

The principal industries we support in Arkansas are:

  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Food Processing
  • Oil and Gas Extraction
  • Paper Manufacturing
  • Primary Metals

Resources for details about bringing your business to Arkansas:


Eric Basinger, CEcD

Eric Basinger, CEcD

Manager of Economic and Business Development

Southwestern Electric Power Company


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