Chaffee Crossing is the Gold Standard in Economic Development!
Chaffee Crossing is an award-winning economic development project in Fort Smith and Barling, Arkansas. The 1995 BRAC project is the 2020 Talk Business & Politics Non-Profit of the Year, has been twice selected by the Association of Defense Communities for the Base Redevelopment Excellence Award (2012 & 2016), and is a Top 5 Development for Logistics by national site selection magazine, Expansion Solutions (2015 & 2016), Chaffee Crossing has earned this national recognition for Smart Growth planning that appeals to developers of every category through consistency and deliberate planning.
Fort Smith and Barling, Arkansas are located in the northwest quadrant of Arkansas at the intersection of Interstate 40 and the Interstate 49 corridor. Several large population centers are located within a one-day drive from Fort Smith. These include the markets of Little Rock, Tulsa, Dallas-Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, Wichita, Kansas City, St. Louis, Nashville, and Memphis. These areas are home to about 11.7 million people. 100 million people live within 550 miles of Arkansas.
First-rate infrastructure with access to:
The intersection of Interstate 40 and Interstate 49
Class I Rail (2) and Short Lines (4)
Arkansas River Ports (2)
Multiple Trucking Terminals and Warehouse Facilities
Regional, commercial airport (FSM)
Intermodal Handling Facilities
Little Rock foreign trade sub-zone
Competitive local and state incentives
"Right to Work” state
Windmill tax exemption
Wetlands Mitigation Bank
Attractive land costs in new, proactive industrial neighborhood
Shovel-ready tracts with utilities to site
Flexible, industrial-friendly zoning
#1 Manufacturing Hub in Arkansas
Exceptional, well-established supply chains
Highly skilled, cross-trained workforce
Customized, local workforce training programs available through University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, Arkansas Tech University and other educational partners.
Central U.S. location offers LOW costs of:
Logistics/transportation of raw materials and finished goods
Conventional energy - electric and natural gas
Outstanding quality of life – Arkansas is” The Natural State”