Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation

Welcome to Hope, Arkansas

Business & Industry
Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation
Located halfway between Dallas, Texas and Memphis, Tennessee on Interstate 30, Hope/Hempstead County, Arkansas is a southern community in the ARK-LA-TEX area.  This area offers many quality health facilities, support services and quality life offerings.  Impressive business advantages and a quality family-oriented lifestyle have made Hope one of the top job-growth communities in the entire four-state region.

Hope/Hempstead County is home to over 4,000 manufacturing jobs.  The labor force provides plentiful and productive right-to-work labor.  Industries located here include: Brentwood Industries, Champion Parts, Inc., CMC Joist Company, New Millenium, Funder-America, Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Old Castle, International Paper Company, JMS Metal Services, Klipsch Audio Technologies, Southern Bakeries, Georgia-Pacific Forest Products and Tyson Foods.  We invite you to visit our area and see why other successful industrial manufacturers have joined our team.

The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana provides specialized training for industry in the technical fields.  UA-Hope/Texarkana also partners with the state economic development agency to provide pre-employment screening, free employee training, and customized industry training that is recognized as a trendsetter in the industry training area.
Hope Municipal Airport
has two 5,500 foot runways and has been core-tested for 40,000 pounds per wheel.  We are 90 miles from Shreveport, LA’s airport with direct service to multiple cities, as well as being 105 miles from Little Rock, Arkansas’s airport with direct service to Dallas, Phoenix, Chicago, St. Louis, Atlanta, Houston, and other points.  Hope is only 25 minutes from Texarkana Regional Airport with service to Dallas and Houston, TX.  Hope has a mainline Union Pacific Rail and Kiamichi Rail that connects to Burlington Northern Rail.

Cultural events, educational opportunities, and recreational activities are a part of our quality of life.  The Southwest Arkansas Arts Council of Hope is in its 30th year of providing diverse program series for audiences of all ages.  The cultural venues include partnership with local educational facilities.  The continuing education department of the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope has a full schedule of personal development offerings, as well as hands-on educational classes, (credit and non-credit).  Local industries and businesses are taking advantage of the computer classes being offered.

Recreational activities include golf, tennis, softball, soccer, baseball, hunting, fishing, and boating.  Casino gambling is 90 minutes away at Shreveport’s riverboat casinos.
Home of the world famous Bowie Knife, birthplace of President Bill Clinton, and former Governor Mike Huckabee, Hope/Hempstead County is also known for its world champion watermelons.  The people of Hope, Arkansas were honored by the now famous words “I still believe in a place called Hope”, spoken by Bill Clinton as Democratic nominee for President in 1992.  To “believe in a place called Hope” is to believe in a high quality of life, progress, growth, diversification, success, deep-rooted values and hard working people.  Hope is a great place to visit, to live, to work, and to raise a family.  Friends, family, churches, schools and the all-American lifestyle found in Hope are what make our city a place to “believe in”.

The City of Hope, Hempstead County, Hope Water & Light Commission and the Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation have formed a pro-business partnership to increase employment opportunities for Hempstead County residents, broaden the tax base of Hope and Hempstead County, and improve the standard of living of all citizens of Hope and Hempstead County.
One visit to Hope/Hempstead County, Arkansas will prove we are more than a birthplace for leaders. We are looking forward to becoming a potential partner with your company.