Economic Vitality Department

Our Role

The City of Fayetteville is a place for creativity, innovation and culture. As the third largest and one of the fastest growing cities in Arkansas, Fayetteville has established itself as a community with a desirable quality of life and a strong mix of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. Fayetteville is the cultural epicenter of Northwest Arkansas. With the presence of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville is so much more than a “college town” - it is also a major economic engine in the Northwest Arkansas region.

The Department of Economic Vitality is committed to fostering sustainable and equitable economic development throughout the City of Fayetteville. As the City’s primary economic development arm, the Department of Economic Vitality serves as a liaison from the City to the contracted entities providing economic development services, as well as the business community.

Our Services



Entrepreneurial Development and Support

Fostering an environment for entrepreneurship and innovation is one of Fayetteville’s top economic development priorities. A strong support system exists in Fayetteville for anyone who wishes to start their own business. As a collaborative and inclusive community, Fayetteville is the ideal location to grow your company.

Business Retention and Expansion

The City of Fayetteville recognizes the vital role business and industry serves within our community. Retention of Fayetteville-based companies and fostering expansion of existing business serves as the foundation of the economic vitality program for the City of Fayetteville. Whether your company needs assistance with an upcoming expansion or needs technical assistance to overcome a challenge, the Department of Economic Vitality stands ready to assist you. 

Workforce Development

The importance of a trained and skilled workforce is imperative for both existing and prospective companies. The City of Fayetteville is equipped with numerous educational institutions including the largest collegiate institution in state, the University of Arkansas, to ensure your company has the talent it needs to thrive in the global economy. Whether your company needs a customized training program, is interested in starting an apprenticeship program, or wants to tap into a market of skilled programmers and software developers, Fayetteville is committed to the development of talent pipeline to meet your needs.

Business Attraction 

The City of Fayetteville is committed to the development of a sustainable economy that provides employment opportunities for all residents. Fayetteville's targeted business sectors include entrepreneurs and innovators, legacy manufacturers, retail trade, and specialized technology. If your company is looking for a new place to call home, the Department of Economic Vitality is ready to help every step of the way.