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Arkansas Inc. Podcast

Arkansas Inc. Podcast

By Arkansas EDC

Welcome to the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, where we discuss the latest topics and trends in economic development with subject matter experts and influencers from across the nation and around the world.

Presented by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission
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Westrock Coffee CEO and Co-Founder Scott Ford

Arkansas Inc. PodcastNov 27, 2023

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Westrock Coffee CEO and Co-Founder Scott Ford

Westrock Coffee CEO and Co-Founder Scott Ford

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, Scott Ford discusses his career as an executive, co-founding and running Westrock Coffee Company, and his reasons for continuing to do business in Arkansas.

Nov 27, 202336:49
RelateCare COO Eibhlín Payne

RelateCare COO Eibhlín Payne

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, RelateCare COO Eibhlín Payne discusses her company and its impact on the healthcare system and why RelateCare decided to expand in Arkansas.

Aug 23, 202316:08
AcreTrader CEO Carter Malloy

AcreTrader CEO Carter Malloy

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, AcreTrader CEO Carter Malloy discusses founding and running a tech company in Arkansas.

Aug 03, 202331:30
2023 Economic Development Roundtable

2023 Economic Development Roundtable

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, three economic developers from around Arkansas discuss economic development in The Natural State, their backgrounds, their communities, and the advantages of living and doing business in Arkansas.

Jun 15, 202341:48
Arkansas Secretary of Commerce Hugh McDonald

Arkansas Secretary of Commerce Hugh McDonald

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, Secretary of Commerce Hugh McDonald discusses the advantages of doing business in Arkansas, his background as a Fortune 500 executive, the strategic priorities of the Commerce Department, and more.

Apr 17, 202338:51
Kristin Mann, Film Producer

Kristin Mann, Film Producer

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, Kristin Mann discusses film production in Arkansas, recent movie productions in the state, and the advantages of filming in The Natural State.

Feb 28, 202334:53
Arkansas Inc. Podcast - Greatest Hits of 2022

Arkansas Inc. Podcast - Greatest Hits of 2022

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, we look back on some of the best moments from 2022. AEDC Marketing Director Clark Cogbill narrates some of the most memorable moments from the podcast, including comments from Arkansas executives, local economic development professionals, and AEDC staff members.

Jan 31, 202326:36
AEDC Year in Review: 2022

AEDC Year in Review: 2022

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, AEDC Deputy Director Clint O'Neal and project managers Jarod Wickliffe, Olivia Womack, and Jack Pillow discuss economic development wins and trends in Arkansas during 2022.

Dec 13, 202233:12
Outdoor Recreation in Arkansas - Katherine Andrews

Outdoor Recreation in Arkansas - Katherine Andrews

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, Katherine Andrews of the Office of Outdoor Recreation discusses the many outdoor resources that Arkansas has to offer and the economic impact that outdoor recreation has on the state.

Nov 29, 202233:20
Dr. Chris Larsen, Arkana Labs Executive Director

Dr. Chris Larsen, Arkana Labs Executive Director

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, Arkana Labs executive director Dr. Chris Larsen discusses Arkana Labs, the largest renal pathology lab in North America, and its operations; the company’s recent expansion in Little Rock; and recruitment and training of a talented workforce.

Oct 17, 202231:14
Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Dr. Corey Wiggins

Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Dr. Corey Wiggins

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, Delta Regional Authority federal co-chairman Dr. Corey Wiggins discusses the DRA’s mission to revitalize its regional footprint, economic development in Arkansas, and the Delta Leadership Institute program.

Aug 31, 202224:54
Aimee Fisk - Walmart Open Call

Aimee Fisk - Walmart Open Call

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, AEDC Marketing Director talks with Aimee Fisk, director of Walmart's U.S. Manufacturing and Sourcing division. Aimee Fisk talks about Walmart's ninth annual Open Call event, Walmart's commitment to U.S. manufacturing, and more.

Aug 01, 202223:21
David Stickler

David Stickler

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, former Big River Steel CEO David Stickler discusses his background as a steel executive, the steel industry in Arkansas, and the recent U.S. Steel announcement in Osceola.

May 25, 202243:23
Economic Development Week

Economic Development Week

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, three economic developers from around Arkansas discuss economic development, significant projects in their communities, and the opportunities that their communities provide for businesses. The guests for this Economic Development Week episode include Allison Thompson, President and CEO of the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County, AR; Buck Layne, President and CEO of the Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce; and Crystal Johnson, CEO of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce.

May 09, 202240:12
World Trade Center Arkansas CEO Denise Thomas

World Trade Center Arkansas CEO Denise Thomas

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, World Trade Center Arkansas CEO Denise Thomas discusses trade, foreign direct investment, and tourism opportunities in Arkansas.

Apr 14, 202235:09
First Orion Chairman and CEO Charles Morgan

First Orion Chairman and CEO Charles Morgan

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, First Orion Chairman and CEO Charles Morgan discusses the technology industry in Arkansas, his history as a tech pioneer in Arkansas, workforce development for tech companies, and building a pipeline of tech workers for the future.

Mar 09, 202229:33
Marketing Arkansas Around the World

Marketing Arkansas Around the World

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, AEDC International Business Development Manager Ben Walters, Asia Office Director Neal Jansen, and Europe Office Director Dr. Cornelius Schnitzler discuss international economic development and marketing Arkansas to executives around the world.

Feb 17, 202227:19
Arkansas Inc. Podcast: 2021 in Review

Arkansas Inc. Podcast: 2021 in Review

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, AEDC Deputy Director Clint O'Neal talks with AEDC Business Development Director Bentley Story and AEDC Senior Project Manager Jack Thomas about economic development in Arkansas in 2021, including memorable projects, trends, and more.

Dec 21, 202130:55
UAMS Chancellor Dr. Cam Patterson

UAMS Chancellor Dr. Cam Patterson

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, AEDC Deputy Director Clint O'Neal talks with University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Chancellor Dr. Cam Patterson about economic development, healthcare, and talent recruitment in the Natural State.

Nov 18, 202121:26
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, Arkansas Secretary of Commerce and Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston talks with Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson about economic development in the Natural State. 

Oct 18, 202127:09
Growing Small Business and Entrepreneurship in Arkansas

Growing Small Business and Entrepreneurship in Arkansas

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Director of Marketing, Clark Cogbill, sits down with Katherine Andrews, director of AEDC’s Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development Division, and Dr. Jeff Standridge, the managing partner of The Conductor. The guests discuss the newly established Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development Division and the state of small business in Arkansas.

Sep 23, 202137:28
Supporting Minority and Women-Owned Businesses in Arkansas

Supporting Minority and Women-Owned Businesses in Arkansas

Our guests are Esperanza Massana-Crane, Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Division, and Jon Harrison, President and Founder of VIP2. The mission of the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Division (MWOBE) is to facilitate the growth, development and expansion of minority and women-owned businesses by helping them gain access to valuable information, new market opportunities and financial resources.

Aug 10, 202126:38
Building Business Synergy Between Arkansas and Asia

Building Business Synergy Between Arkansas and Asia

Our guests are Dr. Yang Luo Branch, founder of the Arkansas Association of Asian Businesses (AAAB), and Ameen Pabani, an AAAB board member and business owner. The AAAB strives to bridge the gap between Arkansas businesses that want to reach Asian markets and to support Arkansans of Asian descent in the business community.

Jun 30, 202129:42
Arkansas' Timber and Forest Products Industry

Arkansas' Timber and Forest Products Industry

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission's Project Manager, Jack Thomas, sits down with professor in the George H Clippard Endowed Chair of Forestry at the University of Arkansas Monticello, Dr. Matthew Pelkki, to discuss the latest economic development trends for the timber and forest products industry in the state of Arkansas. 

Jun 07, 202121:35
Economic Development Week

Economic Development Week

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. podcast, AEDC's Clint O'Neal talks with three economic development professionals from different parts of the state in recognition of Economic Development Week. Brad Lacy, President and CEO of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce; Graycen Bigger, Executive Director of the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority; and Rob Sitterley, President and CEO of the AR-TX Regional Economic Development Inc. group talk about how they got started in economic development, their roles in working with community partners, and how successful projects come together.  


May 03, 202125:11
Partnering with Arkansas communities

Partnering with Arkansas communities

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. podcast, our host is joined by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission's Becca Caldwell and Matt Twyford to discuss the many ways we partner with communities throughout the state. 

Feb 17, 202126:55
Amazon’s Jessica Breaux

Amazon’s Jessica Breaux

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. podcast, our host is joined by Jessica Breaux from Amazon to discuss the company's recent announcements in Arkansas. 

Dec 17, 202027:12
Arkansas companies innovate and thrive during COVID-19 pandemic

Arkansas companies innovate and thrive during COVID-19 pandemic

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. podcast, our host is joined by guests from Intimidator Group and Hytrol Conveyor Company to discuss each company's innovative response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Aug 04, 202032:09
Economic Development Week

Economic Development Week

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, our Executive Vice President of Global Business, Clint O'Neal talks with three economic development professionals that are making a difference in communities around Arkansas.

May 04, 202034:22
Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston on resources for businesses and employees

Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston on resources for businesses and employees

Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston discusses resources for businesses and employees to combat the effects of COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mar 31, 202024:01
Aerospace & Defense in Arkansas

Aerospace & Defense in Arkansas

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, our host Clint O'Neal, Executive Vice President of Global Business at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, is joined by guests Chad Causey and Katherine Holmstrom to discuss the state of the Aerospace & Defense industry in Arkansas. 

Chad is Executive Director of the Arkansas Aerospace Alliance, and Katherine is Senior Project Manager at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. 

Mar 09, 202022:17
FinTech and Community Banks
Jan 16, 202026:15
Military Affairs Part 2 of 2

Military Affairs Part 2 of 2

Military Affairs Part 2 of 2 by Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Dec 16, 201919:45
Military Affairs Part 1 of 2

Military Affairs Part 1 of 2

Military Affairs Part 1 of 2 by Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Dec 09, 201926:49
Why The Venture Center Has Become A Fintech Hub

Why The Venture Center Has Become A Fintech Hub

Why The Venture Center Has Become A Fintech Hub by Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Oct 07, 201931:33
Taking it to the Extreme, with Ozark Integrated Circuits

Taking it to the Extreme, with Ozark Integrated Circuits

In this episode of the Arkansas Inc. Podcast, Jeff Moore talks Arkansas innovation with Matt Francis and Jim Holmes of Ozark Integrated Circuits. They discuss analog and mixed signal integrated circuits for extreme environments, Ozark IC’s work with the United States Air Force, and recently received grants from NASA to promote the exploration of Venus.


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May 22, 201930:10
Resources for Arkansas' Rural Communities

Resources for Arkansas' Rural Communities

Resources for Arkansas' Rural Communities by Arkansas Economic Development Commission
May 02, 201915:49
Fostering Entrepreneurship in Arkansas: a 2-Way Podcast with AEDC & Startup Junkie

Fostering Entrepreneurship in Arkansas: a 2-Way Podcast with AEDC & Startup Junkie

Fostering Entrepreneurship in Arkansas: a 2-Way Podcast with AEDC & Startup Junkie by Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Feb 04, 201955:36
Bringing Film Production to Arkansas, with AEDC's Christopher Crane

Bringing Film Production to Arkansas, with AEDC's Christopher Crane

Bringing Film Production to Arkansas, with AEDC's Christopher Crane by Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Nov 26, 201824:10
Blockchain and the Food Industry: a Conversation with Walmart and IBM

Blockchain and the Food Industry: a Conversation with Walmart and IBM

Blockchain and the Food Industry: a Conversation with Walmart and IBM by Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Oct 08, 201822:23
Tech Growth in Arkansas

Tech Growth in Arkansas

Tech Growth in Arkansas by Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Aug 15, 201826:33
Made By Few: a Design Conference in Little Rock

Made By Few: a Design Conference in Little Rock

Made By Few: a Design Conference in Little Rock by Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Aug 01, 201821:43
Workforce Priorities for Business Development

Workforce Priorities for Business Development

Danny Games, Executive Vice President of Global Business for Arkansas Economic Development Commission, discusses the workforce impact on business development, expansion, and relocation. His guests are Bill Goebel and Ken Stuckey. Bill Goebel is the President of MPACT Solutions, a workforce solutions company based in Greensboro, NC that provides talent assessments, education, and training in industrial and facility maintenance. Ken Stuckey is the Director of Talent Acquisition and Development at Pace Industries, the leading die cast manufacturer in North America, based in Fayetteville, AR.
Sep 27, 201729:08
Forestry in Arkansas with Max Braswell, EVP - Arkansas Forestry Association

Forestry in Arkansas with Max Braswell, EVP - Arkansas Forestry Association

Forestry in Arkansas with Max Braswell, EVP - Arkansas Forestry Association by Arkansas Economic Development Commission
May 02, 201722:41
China Investing, with AEDC's Mike Preston

China Investing, with AEDC's Mike Preston

Mike Preston of AEDC discusses recent and future investment in Arkansas from China.
Nov 09, 201608:52