Message from the Director

Welcome and thank you for visiting the homepage of the Newport Economic Development Commission (NEDC). The NEDC serves as the lead economic development contact in Newport and the primary source for information regarding the pro-business environment you will find here. We are committed to working closely with the existing business community as well as those contemplating new investment and/or relocation to Newport and Jackson County.

A little bit about us…located on the banks of the White River, Newport is strategically located in north central Arkansas approximately 100 miles northwest of Memphis, TN, 410 miles northeast of Dallas, TX, and 275 miles south of St. Louis, MO. Also, Newport is located only 96 miles from the state’s Capitol and economic center, Little Rock, via U.S. 67, which is a four-lane controlled access highway. In addition to its location and pro-business environment, you will find that Newport is a community that affords a quality of life second to none.

Abundant and diverse outdoor recreational opportunities, advanced educational and training opportunities through Arkansas State University-Newport, strong public schools, and impressive health care facilities are just some of the things that make Newport a great place to live.

Again, thank you for browsing the NEDC homepage. If you have questions or desire more information, please contact us. We look forward to the opportunity to visit with you personally.