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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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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.
23:21
August 01, 2022
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.
43:23
May 25, 2022
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.
40:12
May 09, 2022
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.
35:09
April 14, 2022
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.
29:33
March 09, 2022
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.
27:19
February 17, 2022
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.
30:55
December 21, 2021
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.
21:26
November 18, 2021
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. 
27:09
October 18, 2021
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.
37:28
September 23, 2021
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.
26:38
August 10, 2021
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.
29:42
June 30, 2021
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. 
21:35
June 07, 2021
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.  
25:11
May 03, 2021
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. 
26:55
February 17, 2021
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. 
27:12
December 17, 2020
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. 
32:09
August 04, 2020
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.
34:22
May 04, 2020
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. 
24:01
March 31, 2020
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. 
22:17
March 09, 2020
FinTech and Community Banks
In this episode of the Arkansas Inc podcast, host Clark Cogbill discusses the successful ICBA ThinkTech Accelerator with President & CEO of the Independent Community Bankers of America Bancard Tina Giorgio.
26:15
January 16, 2020
Military Affairs Part 2 of 2
Military Affairs Part 2 of 2 by Arkansas Economic Development Commission
19:45
December 16, 2019
Military Affairs Part 1 of 2
Military Affairs Part 1 of 2 by Arkansas Economic Development Commission
26:49
December 09, 2019
Why The Venture Center Has Become A Fintech Hub
Why The Venture Center Has Become A Fintech Hub by Arkansas Economic Development Commission
31:33
October 07, 2019
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. 556439
30:10
May 22, 2019
Resources for Arkansas' Rural Communities
Resources for Arkansas' Rural Communities by Arkansas Economic Development Commission
15:49
May 02, 2019
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
55:36
February 04, 2019
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
24:10
November 26, 2018
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
22:23
October 08, 2018
Tech Growth in Arkansas
Tech Growth in Arkansas by Arkansas Economic Development Commission
26:33
August 15, 2018
Made By Few: a Design Conference in Little Rock
Made By Few: a Design Conference in Little Rock by Arkansas Economic Development Commission
21:43
August 01, 2018
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.
29:08
September 27, 2017
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
22:41
May 02, 2017
China Investing, with AEDC's Mike Preston
Mike Preston of AEDC discusses recent and future investment in Arkansas from China.
08:52
November 09, 2016