Advantages

Texarkana Is Ready For Business

Developed around a complex rail system more than a century ago, the Texarkana Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has grown into a national crossroads for transportation.

Today, with its exceptional infrastructure, dedicated workforce and high quality of life, Texarkana is a place where both commerce and community thrive.

Connectivity

With its prime location and extensive multimodal infrastructure, Texarkana is well suited to help your business connect with major markets throughout the Midwest and South.

Road

Situated roughly halfway between Dallas, Texas and Little Rock, Arkansas, the Texarkana MSA is a major transportation corridor intersected by 106 miles of interstate and four regional highways.

Interstate Access

I-30: Travels Northeast from Fort Worth, Texas, through Dallas and Texarkana to Little Rock, Arkansas.

I-49: Intersects I-30 in Texarkana and extends south to Louisiana, passing through Shreveport and Alexandria, and terminating in Lafayette.

Future I-69 (currently I-369): Currently under construction, this 1,600-mile-long route will eventually run north–south from Michigan to Texas, connecting with Texarkana at I-30.

U.S. Highways

U.S. Route 59: Runs north–south from the Canada–United States border in Michigan to the Mexico–United States border in Laredo, Texas, connecting seven states along the way.

U.S. Route 67: Extends 1,560 miles across the Central United States, from the Mexico–Texas border, Northeast to Arkansas and continuing north to Missouri, Illinois and Iowa.

U.S. Route 71: A major transportation artery that runs north–south, from Louisiana to Texas, through Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota.

U.S. Route 82: Spans 1,625 miles east-to-west, connecting New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.

Air

Served by American Airlines and equipped with more than 6,600 feet of runway, the Texarkana Regional Airport is located just minutes away from the downtown area, local industries and tourist spots. The airport offers rail service and convenient access to Interstate 30, Loop 245 and four U.S. Highways. Additionally, TAC Air provides fixed base operation (FBO) services for private aircraft.

Rail

Texarkana’s rail infrastructure has long been a key driver of economic development in our region. Union Pacific Railroad and Kansas City Southern Railroad have north–south routes through Texarkana, and the Texas Northeastern short line railroad provides service east to west.

Water

Located in Shreveport, Louisiana, the inland Port of Caddo-Bossier lies less than 90 miles from the Texarkana MSA. This 2,300-acre distribution center links customers to domestic and international markets via the Mississippi River and the U.S. Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, and offers ready access to barge, rail, motor freight and air transportation services.

Utilities

Electric

Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) and Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative serve the Texarkana community with affordable, dependable, consumer-focused utility services.

Water

Texarkana has a high wastewater and sanitary sewer capacity, in addition to a naturally abundant water supply. Riverbend Water Resources District proudly services the Texarkana area.

Gas

CenterPoint Energy and Navitas Utility Corporation provide excellent natural gas services that are well suited for many types of industry.

Workforce

Texarkana has a long-established reputation as a military-friendly community with a strong presence in the defense sector. Thanks to our historic ties with the Red River Army Depot, Texarkana boasts a robust labor force of unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled workers who are ready to work for you.

A Dedicated Workforce Within Reach

260,000+

living within 50 miles of the Texarkana MSA

995,000+

living within 75 miles of the Texarkana MSA

13 million+

living within 200 miles of the Texarkana MSA

Education

With two community colleges, a four-year public university and a state medical school, the Texarkana region is well prepared to respond to the training needs of today’s employers—and tomorrow’s.

  • Two-year public community college offering a wide range of academic and vocational programs
  • Home to the Betty and Buddy Ledwell Workforce Training Center, a school of advanced manufacturing and the world’s first school of bladesmithing
  • Strong focus on automotive maintenance and repair, computer technology and information systems, diesel mechanics technology, electrical technology and instrumentation, industrial maintenance/multi-craft, welding, instrumentation and HAZMAT training
  • Has innovative training contracts with industry leaders like Domtar, Cooper Tire, International Paper and Alcoa
  • Record-breaking graduation and completion rates over the last decade

  • Public, four-year regional university with a comprehensive selection of academic programs
  • Member of the Texas A&M University System, one of the largest and most distinguished higher education systems in the nation
  • Office of Extended Education and Community Development offers advanced courses and professional certifications in supply chain management, occupational safety, leadership and more
  • Career Development Department helps match employers with student talent
  • Earned accreditation for its College of Business, Engineering and Technology in 2019

  • Two-year public community college with an array of workforce training programs dedicated to business, trade and industry
  • Offers certifications in diesel technology, industrial maintenance and machining, supply chain management, and welding
  • Operates as a division of the University of Arkansas System
  • Number-one most affordable college in Arkansas
  • Industry Outreach Department partners with local businesses to develop ongoing workplace training programs for supervisors and employees

  • A regional division of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Arkansas’ only academic health sciences center and teaching hospital
  • The Texarkana campus is home to three UAMS colleges, two primary care clinics, a pediatric clinic and a family medicine residency program, as well as numerous community education programs and a comprehensive medical library

Quality of Life

Texarkana is more than a great place to do business. It’s a great place to call home.

Residents of Texarkana enjoy affordable housing, safe neighborhoods, high-quality health care and excellent schools.

Our scenic landscape is a natural match for outdoor recreation, and our historic downtown offers an array of shopping, dining and entertainment options—all without the hassle of big-city traffic jams.

Region Overview

Straddling the Texas-Arkansas state line, the Texarkana MSA is a region that’s rich in resources and opportunities.

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