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Ouachita Partnership for Economic Development
Ouachita Partnership for Economic Development
Welcome to the Ouachita Partnership for Economic Development PDF Print E-mail
The Ouachita Partnership is the lead economic development organization in the area. Its 14-member Board of Directors has representation from private business, the City of Camden, Ouachita County, the Camden Area Chamber of Commerce, the Camden Area Industrial Development Corporation, the Camden Fairview Public Schools, and the Southern Arkansas University Tech. Primary funding comes from the City of Camden. The Partnership's offices are located at 625 Adams Avenue in Camden, Arkansas.

Norm MacNeill, CEcD
Executive Director


President: Blake Fain

Vice President: Alan Dean

Treasurer: Mike Murphree

Secretary: Valerie Wilson 

Directors: Chris Claybaker, Mike Hesterly, Dan Byars, Mark Cayce, Jim Golden, Robyn Horn; Ex Officio: Dr. Corbet Lamkin, Robert Davis, Beth Osteen, Doug Germann, John Dawson


Dotty Harris, Office Manager



Economic Development Opportunities PDF Print E-mail

The Camden Arkansas Area has strong development opportunities in two industry clusters targeted by the State of Arkansas:

  • Aerospace Manufacturing
  • Renewable Energy
Timber PDF Print E-mail

A leading industry in Southwest Arkansas, timber resources are now on track to increasingly become a sustainable and renewable energy source.

Arkansas Timber Industry

Statewide, there are 18,778,660 acres of forest land representing approximately 56% of the total land base. Of this, 27% is pine, 17% is mixed hardwood and pine, 39% is upland oak-hickory forests, and the remaining 16% are bottomland species including some oak, cypress, cottonwood, and elm.

Lignite Research Center at Southern Arkansas University PDF Print E-mail

SAU Grant to Provide Technology to Test Lignite as Alternative Energy Source

Ross, Lincoln, Pryor Announce Million Dollar Grant for SAU

Washington – Representative Mike Ross (AR-04) along with U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor announced today that the Lignite Research Center at Southern Arkansas University (SAU) in Magnolia will receive $1 million from the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration.  The funds will be used to support construction and purchase of equipment to test lignite - a soft coal - to determine the benefits of mining it for use as an alternative source of energy.

Lignite Facts PDF Print E-mail
  • 9 billion tons of lignite in South Arkansas less than 150 ft beneath the surface. See map below of lignite deposits in Ouachita and Calhoun Counties.
  • Potential for conversion to synfuels.
  • With CO2 sequestration, South Arkansas oil fields can be rejuvenated & the bromine industry extended by over a hundred years.
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