FROM TIM'S DESK
The Fort Smith region continues to be among the most dynamic locations for businesses that choose to locate or expand.
Fort Smith is proud to be the home of 10 internationally owned corporations as well as dozens of nationally recognized businesses; many were created right here in Fort Smith. The primary focus of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce is economic development.
At this time, we are the only Chamber in the state of Arkansas that does not operate with taxpayer dollars. We are solely dependent on the partnership with our members. Our revenue is derived from donations, chamber membership dues and revenue from the events that we host throughout the year. It is with this funding and the generous support of our members that we are able to recruit, attract and retain companies.
The Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce is responsible for several significant economic development announcements such as Glatfelter, GNB (Exide), Umarex USA and Mars Petcare, just to name a few. We also worked with existing companies such as ArcBest, Gerber, Georgia Pacific, Mars Petcare and Shared Services Center on their recent expansions. Whether businesses choose to locate in Fort Smith or in a neighboring community, our entire region will experience the economic benefit.
The strength of our community is in its diversity. Fort Smith is one of the most diverse communities in Arkansas. Our diversity makes us stronger and is a key selling point for our entire region.