Economic Development

Near the northern core of the East Arkansas Crossroads Coalition region is Cross County. With five major highways, Cross County offers a range of transportation advantages. Most available sites are less than 20 minutes from I-55 and I-40. Two Class-I rail carriers (UP and BNSF) and close proximity to both the Memphis International Airport and the Clinton National Airport in Little Rock ensure easy shipping for Cross County businesses.

A host of successful local upstarts, including CrossRidge Community Hospital, Addison Footwear Company, House Industries, Mueller, Inc., attests to the county’s business potential. Cross County was also the first in Arkansas to pass a county-wide sales tax to support economic development, which is used to attract new manufacturing employees to the community as well as central coordination of numerous incentives. Wynne EDC is your one stop consultant for all business expansion.

Village Creek State Park. Courtesy of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.

The county also boasts Village Creek State Park, Arkansas’ largest state park, which offers camping, hiking and horseback riding, as well as The Ridges at Village Creek, a world-class Andy Dye Signature Golf Course with 27 holes of challenging golf and scenic vistas, including a new clubhouse, lounge and practice range. 

Cross County as whole is dedicated to continued economic growth. In 1999, voters passed a one-cent funding measure—the first of its kind to be passed countywide in the state of Arkansas. Such an investment showed a great desire for Cross Countians to better the local economy. This proactive endeavor has allowed our area to compete with existing companies on potential projects or attracting new businesses.

Advantages of and information pertaining to doing business in Cross County includes:



US Census, 2010 Source

Population, 2012 estimate 17,683 2,949,131
Population, 2010 (April 1) estimates base 17,870 2,915,919
Population, percent change, April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012 -1.0% 1.1%
Population, 2010 17,870 2,915,918
Persons under 5 years, percent, 2011 6.3% 6.7%
Persons under 18 years, percent, 2011 24.6% 24.2%
Persons 65 years and over, percent, 2011 15.9% 14.6%
Female persons, percent, 2011 51.7% 50.9%

Regional Workforce for the Global Economy

  • Population of over 79,000 within 30 miles
  • Population in excess of 460,000 within 45 miles
  • Regional population of over 1.5 million within 60 miles

Transportation Advantages

  • Interstates: many sites are less than 20 minutes from I-40 and I-55
  • Rail: Served by dual Class-I carriers, UP and BNSF Intermodle Services
  • River: Mississippi River port in West Memphis, approximately 30 minutes away
  • Air Service:
    • Memphis International Airport, 45 minutes to the east via I-40
    • Little Rock National Airport, 90 minutes west via I-40
    • New regional airport bordering Cross County
    • Delta Regional Airport in Colt, AR (6 miles S. of Wynne)

Available Utilities

  • Electricity
    • Entergy Arkansas
    • Woodruff Electrical Cooperative
  • Rail: Served by dual Class-I carriers, UP and BNSF
    • Centerpoint Energy - Natural Gas
  • River: Mississippi River port in West Memphis, approximately 30 minutes away
  • Wynne Water / Wastewater Board
    • More than 2 million GPD potable water (wells)
    • Wastewater treatment capacity in excess of 1 million GPD available
  • Communications (Digital)
    • Provided by AT&T
    • Fiber service available


Land area in square miles, 2010 616.38 52,035.48
Persons per square mile, 2010 29.0 56.0
FIPS Code 037 05
Metropolitan or Micropolitan Statistical Area None  

Thinking of starting a new business? Do you already own a business and are in need of expansion? If so, please contact the Wynne  Economic Development.