IEA provides numerous communication and technical assistance services.
In the realm of communication, the Institute produces a quarterly news journal, Advancing Arkansas, addressing topics of interest to those interested in the community economic development of Arkansas and its communities. It contributes a monthly column focusing on economic development in the Arkansas Municipal League’s City & Town magazine, and the Institute website hosts Arkansas Economist which is the blog and information site of the Institute’s state economic forecaster and chief economist.
The Institute provides technical assistance in many areas of community economic development on a local, regional, and statewide basis. Technical assistance in the areas of economic impact analysis, retail and laborshed analysis, strategic planning and assessment, and assistance in problem solving for organizations in both the public and private sector are a sampling of the assistance the Institute provides to Arkansans. IEA also provides Geographic Information System (GIS), a new way of adding visual impact to data; technical assistance in the interpretation and use of data from federal, state, and local sources; database design and development; and custom survey design.