About Us

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), Division of Rural Services (DRS), is charged with assisting rural communities with a population of 20,000 and under. Established under Act 302 of 1991, and merged with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission under Act 8 of the 2015 First Extraordinary Session, DRS assists local agencies in rural areas with information and technical assistance. Currently, more than 80% of Arkansans live in rural areas. 

Working under the guidance of the Arkansas Rural Development Commission (ARDC), our agency strives to fulfill that mission. With a carefully chosen staff of dedicated professionals, our agency strives to assist citizens of rural Arkansas through in-house grant programs, funding opportunity research, information sharing and educational opportunities through regional forums and the annual Arkansas Rural Development Conference.

We pride ourselves in being a hands on agency. When you call the Division of Rural Services, you will talk to a real person. Our staff is small, but we believe that personal contact is still the best way to get to know you and the vision you have for your community's future.

Please enjoy the site and feel free to contact us toll free at 1-888-RURAL-AR with any questions.