Incentives/Advantages

There are many reasons to do business in Searcy County. We not only continue to experience substantial growth, but we enjoy one of the lowest median property tax rates in America. Here are a few more incentives to live here: 


  1. Our target industries are Industrial Manufacturing, Distribution, Outdoor Products, Assembly, Agriculture, Wood Products, Government, Cycling, Garment Industry, Meat Processing, Gun Industry, and Aviation.  

  2. Gilbert/Marshall/St. Joe was voted a Top 10 Arkansas Adventure Town by Arkansas Outside Magazine! Top Ten Arkansas Adventure Towns | Arkansas Outside

  3. Growing area! Searcy County has had a 12.3% increase in 911 addresses from March 2015 of 5,830 to 6,650 in November 2022! These include listings for residential, vacation homes, businesses, and agriculture.

  4. Our employees rank high in many businesses. In Marshall, Arkansas our Sonic is a four-time national top 12 finalist of approximately 3,000 Sonics nationwide, in 2021!

  5. The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce believes that close to half the Searcy County workforce commutes outside the county to work, some at a considerable distance.

  6. Your money goes further in Arkansas than in any other state! https://taxfoundation.org/price-parity-purchasing-power-100-state-2020/                                                             

  7. Residential electricity rates in Arkansas average 9.3¢/kWh, which ranks the state 47th lowest in the nation. The average residential electricity rate of 9.3¢/kWh in AR is 21.72% less than the national average residential rate of 11.88¢/kWh.The approximate range of residential electricity rates in the U.S. is 8.37¢/kWh to 37.34¢/kWh.   Arkansas Electricity Rates | Electricity Local                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  8. Ample local trucking! Also supported by Fed Ex Freight and Fed Ex Ground!                                                                                                                                                       

  9. Marshall has very fast internet available for business! Ritter Communications fiber offers speeds up to 10 GB! Windstream offers fiber for businesses and residents in Marshall for up to one GB! Petit Jean Fiber will offer up to one GB service as it expands rural internet coverage in Searcy County!

  10. Local contract work is available to the industry! Special Services Learning Center of Marshall is a wonderful program for adults with developmental disabilities! Each center includes a workshop performing various contract work. In order to provide pre-vocational training for their consumers, they procure contract work from a variety of businesses and individuals. Jobs completed to the contractor's specifications and on the contractor's timeline. Special Services' staff conducts time studies in order to determine a piece rate for each task involved in order to provide a fair price for contracted work. They also have trucks available for transporting materials and products. The benefit to their consumers is immense, giving them an opportunity to learn new job skills and a means to contribute! Please call 870-448-2046. 

  11. Great, small airfield serving Marshall! https://www.facebook.com/groups/476351403301956

  12. Excellent highway system! US Highway 65 runs through Searcy County as part of 966 miles from Louisiana to Minnesota! 

  13. Major travel route to Branson, Missouri! Two hours and 40 minutes to Wal-Mart Headquarters! 

  14. Strong Elementary School in Marshall! https://www.niche.com/k12/marshall-elementary-school-marshall-ar/

  15. Marshall High School is an Arkansas School of Innovation! https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/517/mhs_designated_as_a_school_of_innovation_soi.pdf

  16. Leslie landed a grant to establish the Leslie Cyber Center! The Forge Institute began teaching a 7-week IT/Cyber Fundamentals course in 2022! The grant also funds a 14-week Cyber Training Bootcamp - free to qualified applicants from Searcy County!

  17. The North Arkansas Transportation Service (NATS) is a rural non-profit transportation company that can set up transportation for employees of Searcy County businesses!

  18. The North Central Career Center in Leslie offers career training in Construction Technology, Medical Professions Education, Criminal Justice, Automotive Service Technology, and Collision Repair Technology! Building tomorrow's workforce today in Searcy County! Career Center in Leslie: https://www.scsd.info/9985

  19. Very streamlined, low-cost, and easy construction permit process!  

  20. According to self.inc, Americans pay an average of $480,407 in taxes throughout their lifetime. Arkansas is the 45th lowest state of 51 paying lifetime taxes, on average, of $316,691, which is about 27.01% of lifetime earnings. https://lnkd.in/eEPBaMsBy comparison, residents of New Jersey will pay the most in lifetime taxes ($1,035,725), 61.84% of their lifetime earnings. 

  21. Searcy County is home to almost 48 miles of the Buffalo National River. In 2020, 1.5 million park visitors spent an estimated $66.3 million in local gateway regions while visiting the Buffalo National River. These expenditures supported a total of 960 jobs, $23.7 million in labor income, $41.2 million in value-added, and $76.1 million in economic output in local gateway economies surrounding Buffalo National River.

  22. Searcy County is a wonderful place to live! 

  23. Powerful chamber of commerce that helps chamber members and the local economy!                                                                                                                                        

  24. Arkansas has one of the lowest median property tax rates in the USA, with only 4 states collecting a lower median property tax. Searcy County has the 4th Lowest Median Property Taxes in Arkansas! https://www.tax-rates.org/arkansas/property-tax