Incentives/Advantages

There are many reasons to do business in Searcy County. We not only continue to experience local growth, but we enjoy one of the lowest median property tax rates in America. Preliminary results show 1,569,157 visits to the Buffalo National River in 2023! The 2nd highest total in Buffalo National River history! Marshall is the Largest Town in the Buffalo River Watershed!

Here are a few more advantages to conducting business in Searcy County: 

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

  2. The chamber of commerce is working with Marshall High School and other partners to certify Searcy County as an ACT Work Ready Community! Marshall High School is offering the ACT Work Keys that produces a Career Readiness Certificate for the completing student. The Career Readiness Certificate helps employers find workers with the right skills, reduces turnover rate, and helps workers get matched the jobs that fit their skills!

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

  4. Growing area! Searcy County has had a 16% increase in 911 addresses from March 2015 of 5,830 to 6,944 as of 22 January 2024! These include listings for residential, vacation homes, businesses, and agriculture.

  5. Our employees rank high in many businesses. In Marshall, Arkansas our Sonic is a Five-time National Top 12 finalist of approximately 3,000 Sonics nationwide! Top 12 Finalist again in 2023!  Top-level leadership and the ability to source and train great employees locally!

  6. Marshall High School and St. Joe School middle schools both scored Top 8% in Arkansas in the latest US News & World Report Rankings! Marshall was 46th and St. Joe 47th out of 617 Arkansas Middle Schools! Marshall Elementary School also scored Top 12% in Arkansas in the US News & World Report rankings of Arkansas Elementary Schools! Marshall ranked 84 of 728 elementary schools in Arkansas! Super school! The Searcy County School District in the 2023 school rankings from SchoolDigger ranked 52nd of 285 (Top 20%) of Arkansas school districts!  Marshall High School ranked 60th of 295 (Top 21%) of Arkansas High Schools!

  7. According to the 2023 Niche rankings, Searcy County ranks Top 5%, #135 of 2,768 in America in counties with lowest cost of living and #21 in Arkansas! Searcy County ranks roughly Top 10%, #281 of 2,753 in America in best counties for retirees, #15 in Arkansas!

  8. Marshall High School is an Arkansas School of Innovation! https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/517/mhs_designated_as_a_school_of_innovation_soi.pdf  Marshall High School-Home of the Bobcats also offers Civil Air Patrol for students! Students pay $60 which includes uniform, test flights, STEM activities, and much more! 

  9. Attention Film Industry! Not only is Searcy County full of gorgeous Ozarks' scenery, quaint towns, and historic buildings, it also has a special Tax Incentive due to its economic status! This can help your production stay "on budget!" Our last movie production was Papaw Land Movie. Call the chamber of commerce for more information: 8704482557. Law boosting incentives for Arkansas film industry goes into effect today - Arkansas Times (arktimes.com) 

  10. 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.
  11.  Arkansas Named #2 Most Affordable State to Live in U.S. (arkansasedc.com)                                                         
  12. Ample local trucking! Also supported by Fed Ex Freight and Fed Ex Ground!  

  13. 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 is offering up to one GB service as it expands rural internet coverage in Searcy County!

  14. 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. 

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

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

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

  18. The City of Leslie was named an Arkansas Business Trendsetter City! Leslie won Honorable Mention in the Education/Workforce Development category for the Leslie Cyber Center! Leslie was also awarded the Municipal League's highest award, the Don A Zimmerman Pinnacle Award! 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!

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

  20. The North Central Career Center in Leslie offers career training in Construction Technology, Certified Nursing Assistant, Automotive Service Technology, and Emergency Medical Technician! Building tomorrow's workforce today in Searcy County! Career Center in Leslie: https://www.scsd.info/9985

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

  22. Searcy County is home to almost 48 miles of the Buffalo National River. In 2022, the Buffalo National River contributed over $78.4 million dollars in economic output. The annual peer-reviewed report shows that visitors in 2022 contributed over $64.9 million in spending to local gateway regions. This supported 864 jobs. Marshall is the largest town in the Buffalo River Watershed.

  23. Searcy County is a wonderful place to live! 

  24. Powerful chamber of commerce, 34th largest in Arkansas, that helps chamber members and the local economy!