The Fort Smith Regional Alliance (FSRA) is a collaborative organization of Arkansas and Oklahoma communities supporting one another in economic development. Comprised of cities and towns within a 50-mile radius of Fort Smith, FSRA has members in eight counties. They include:
The Fort Smith Regional Alliance exists to better position our region to compete nationally and globally in economic development. The Fort Smith Regional Alliance unites all regional resources to better our regional product. These include collaboration with chambers of commerce, municipalities, counties, state agencies, legislators (federal, state, and local), higher education, economic development professionals, RITA (Regional Intermodal Transportation Authority), WAPDD (Western Arkansas Planning and Development District), Chaffee Redevelopment Authority, I-49 Coalition, among others.
Benefits of Membership
Members of the FSRA work together to highlight all that the Fort Smith Region has to offer and provide potential employers with the tools and information they need to learn more about the area. As a member of FSRA, participants benefit from having ties to local, regional, and state legislators, as well as the opportunity to interact with industry leaders throughout the state. Working as a cohesive body also allows members to plan for growth from a broader, regional perspective and strengthens promotion efforts of new initiatives or industries for the entire area.
Importance of FSRA
FSRA has an important role to play in helping to promote progress for the region. First, the organization can serve as a “first-stop” information source for industries considering locating in the Eastern Oklahoma/Western Arkansas Area. By providing an overall snapshot of what member communities have to offer, FSRA can highlight all of the geographic and economic benefits of doing business in the area. Companies are often drawn to areas which demonstrate regional cooperative efforts. There is also an undeniable “power in numbers.” Businesses go where they can have a major market impact and yield higher returns on their investments. By speaking in terms of regional population and resources available, the Fort Smith Regional Alliance helps position participating communities for potentially lucrative business opportunities from companies around the globe. For more information, call 479-783-3111