Arkansas Business City of Distinction 2011

With roots in the Old West and an eye looking toward the 21st century, Fort Smith blends its heritage and ambition to recruit economic development to Arkansas' western border.

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Two States on the Same Side (Letter from Lundy Kiger)

The Fort Smith Regional Alliance (FSRA) has spent the past four years building a regional coalition that takes in people, business and industry from eight counties in two different states. The most important accomplishment we've achieved to date is knowing who we are and specifically what our overall mission entails. read more >

Fort Smith Regional Alliance Promotes Itself as Hub of Commerce

The Fort Smith Regional Alliance brings together companies and communities on both sides of the Arkansas-Oklahoma stateline to compete as one team for national and global economic development. read more >

Communities Meet at Chaffee Crossing

The spotlight of the Fort Smith business community has been locked on Chaffee Crossing. The 7,000 acres of mixed-use development sits on property once used as part of the legendary Fort Chaffee and is now providing new jobs, business expansion, infrastructure partnerships, new home construction, commercial development, community partnerships. historical preservation, schools, libraries and highways. read more >

UA-Fort Smith Grows With Ambition

From its beginnings as a junior college with 34 students, UAFS has grown in the past decade to an enrollment of more than 7,000 full-time-equivalent students while serving nearly 20,000 students annually. The university's 1,100 full- and part-time employees include 240 full-time faculty members and 600-plus full-time staff. read more >

Fort Smith Regional Airport Takes Off with New Infrastructure

First impressions of a city are commonly made at the airport, and expansions at the Fort Smith Regional Airport are not only welcoming visitors to an attractive destination, but also enhancing the travel options of residents of western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma, boosting the local economy. read more >

Sun Hasn't Set on Fort Smith's Western History, Heritage

The gallows and bordellos have long since closed, but visitors interested in the history of the Old West are still coming to Fort Smith. The Fort Smith Advertising & Promotion Commission decided long ago that “branding” (a word also with its Western roots) the community as one that prized its colorful and historic frontier past would attract tourists to enjoy the local hospitality. read more >