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.   


Site Profile


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:


     Doing business
     Logistics/transportation of raw materials and finished goods
     Conventional energy - electric and natural gas

     Utilities - City of Fort Smith and City of Barling
     Communications Technology - Fiber optic networks offered by multiple providers

     Outstanding quality of life – Arkansas is” The Natural State”

     Abundant recreation and amenities


Recent News

Jul 22, 2021

The Arkansas Department of Transportation announced in early July it is moving on to the next phase of development for the construction of Interstate 49 from Highway 22 in Sebastian County to Interstate 40 in Crawford County. Learn five things to know about the project.

Jul 22, 2021

The Chaffee Crossing farmer's market began in May, and since then, its number of vendors has quadrupled.

Jul 19, 2021

The Arkansas Department of Transportation is moving on to the next phase of project development for the construction of Interstate 49 from Highway 22 in Sebastian County to Interstate 40 in Crawford County.

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