Although it’s a hassle to move, knowing as much as you can about your new home can ease the transition. This Arkansas Relocation Guide will help you find information on everything from volunteer opportunities and continuing education classes to state agencies and recreation, making your move to Arkansas a smooth ride.
Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Works with businesses to strengthen the business atmosphere in the state.
Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center
The ASBDC is a public service unit of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's College of Business in partnership with other Arkansas higher education institutions. Operating out of its lead office in Little Rock and six regional offices spread across the state, the ASBDC provides consulting, training, research and information services to the business community.
In addition to the following senior-specific programs, Arkansas has numerous institutions of higher learning. For a complete list of public colleges and universities, call the Arkansas Department of Higher Education at (501) 371-2000 or visit Arkansashighered.com. To learn more about the state’s private colleges, call Arkansas’s Independent Colleges and Universities at (501) 378-0843 or visit Arkindcolleges.org.
Arkansas Arts Center Museum School
Offers child and adult classes in jewelry making, photography, pottery, painting and more.
Arkansas Extended Learning Center
Offers classes in a variety of areas, including home decorating, gardening, wine tasting, language studies and more.
An international, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing inexpensive, extraordinary learning adventures to people 55 and over.
SeniorNet provides computer training courses to senior citizens. This national nonprofit organization currently has six learning centers spread across Arkansas.
Shepherd's Centers of America
A network of interfaith, community-based organizations that provide lifelong learning and social services:
Shepherd's Center of Beebe/501-882-0243
Shepherd's Center of Hot Springs/501-525-9001
LifeQuest of Arkansas, Little Rock/501-225-6073
Shepherd's Center of North Little Rock/501-771-0774
Walton Arts Center
Fayetteville/479-443-9216, Ext. 240
Provides a schedule of classes for adults and children in painting, drawing, ceramics, theater arts and more.
American Red Cross-Central Arkansas
Provides training to save lives and aid individuals and families in need.
Arkansas Department of Health
Arkansas Families Health
Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care
800-272-5528, ext. 3
Works with health care providers to provide quality care to Medicare recipients.
Arkansas Hospital Association
Works for the betterment of hospitals by instituting spirited programs in education, government relations, research, and communication.
Arkansas Senior Olympics
People 50 and older can compete in the games in Hot Springs during September in even-numbered years.
Greater Arkansas Red Cross
CPR and first-aid training.
Senior Citizens Activities Today Inc.
Provides social, recreational and health-related activities for older Arkansans.
Seniors Health Insurance Information
Provides free counseling to seniors on Medicare and Medicare supplements, Medigap and managed health care plans.
UAMS Institute on Aging
Delivers world-class clinical care, research and educational programs to Arkansas seniors.
A monthly publication for people 45-plus with travel, finance and lifestyle information.
A weekly newspaper covering Arkansas business issues and stories.
Arkansas's statewide daily newspaper.
Arkansas Educational Television Network
A local Public Broadcasting Service affiliate.
A weekly newspaper of politics and culture.
KLRE/KUAR Public Radio
KLRE plays classical music on frequency FM 90.5 in Little Rock. KUAR broadcasts National Public Radio along with local programming on frequency FM 89.1 in Little Rock, FM 94.5 in Monticello, and FM 94.7 in Batesville and Forrest City.
KUAF Public Radio
Broadcasting on frequency FM 91.3 from the campus of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, KUAF is a National Public Radio affiliate with plenty of local programming.
Daily newspaper serving 80,000 readers in seven counties.
Little Rock Family
A monthly parenting publication for central Arkansas families that includes a calendar of family events.
Log Cabin Democrat
Daily newspaper for residents of Conway and Faulkner County.
Northwest Arkansas Business Journal
A biweekly business journal published in northwest Arkansas.
A weekly newspaper for residents of Cherokee Village.
A weekly newspaper for residents of and visitors to Hot Springs Village.
A weekly newspaper for residents of Bella Vista.
Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services
State-administered services for all ages. Operating under the DHHS umbrella, the Division of Adult and Aging Services is a focal point for all matters concerning older Arkansans, and there are eight Area Agencies on Aging spread across the state.
Arkansas Department of Finance
Tax information, vehicle tags, drivers' licenses and child support enforcement.
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
Tourism 501-682-7777 / State Parks 501-682-7743
arkansas.com / arkansasstateparks.com
Information on outdoor recreation and events.
Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans can get help in areas such as health care, pensions and retirement.
Arkansas Insurance Department
Insurance and consumer fraud protection.
Department of Arkansas Heritage
Department dedicated to preserving Arkansas's history and heritage.
Amtrak’s Texas Eagle Route runs north and south through the state stopping at stations in Arkadelphia, Little Rock, Malvern, Texarkana, and Walnut Ridge.
Central Arkansas Transit Authority
Operates 22 fixed regular bus routes and four express routes in the Little Rock metropolitan area. Charter buses are also available. The River Rail Electric Streetcar runs daily throughout the day between downtown Little Rock and downtown North Little Rock.
Greyhound routes stop in 24 cities across the state with limited service to two additional cities.
Little Rock National Airport
Arkansas’s largest commercial services airport, with more than 150 daily flight arrivals and departures on nine airlines.
Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport
Six ticket counters for 52 daily departures.
U.S. Senators, Congressmen, Governor
Governor Mike Beebe
501-682-2345 (General Information)
Rep. Rick Crawford
202-225-4076 (Washington, D.C.)
Rep. Tim Griffin
501-324-5941 (Little Rock)
202-225-2506 (Washington, D.C.)
Rep. Steve Womack
479-424-1146 (Fort Smith)
202-225-4301 (Washington, D.C.)
Rep. Mike Ross
870-881-0681 (El Dorado)
501-520-5892 (Hot Springs)
870-536-3376 (Pine Bluff)
800-225-3772 (Washington, D.C.)
Sen. Mark Pryor
501-324-6336 (Little Rock)
202-224-2353 (Washington, D.C.)
Sen. John Boozman
870-863-4641 (El Dorado)
479-573-0189 (Fort Smith)
501-372-7153 (Little Rock)
870-424-0129 (Mountain Home)
202-224-4843 (Washington, D.C.)
Contact one of the following organizations about volunteer opportunities throughout the state.
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) — Arkansas Chapter 34
Arkansas Division of Community Service & Nonprofit Support
(previously Arkansas Division of Volunteerism)
Greater Arkansas Red Cross
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
501-604-4527 (Central Arkansas)
Heart of Arkansas United Way Volunteers Center
Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
Recreation in Arkansas
Arkansas Canoe Club
With five chapters spread across Arkansas and Oklahoma, the ACC can help paddlers of all levels take to Arkansas’s many lakes and rivers.
Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
Provides hunting and fishing licenses, hunter education and other Arkansas resources for sportsmen.
Lists the dates and results of races around the state. Includes a forum and links to other helpful running sites.
Arkansas State Golf Association
The ASGA, created and controlled by golfers, is a nonprofit organization promoting amateur golf.
Arkansas Senior Olympics
Men and women ages 50 and older are eligible to compete in the yearly games, held in Hot Springs each September. Competitions in even-numbered years are qualifying events for the national games held in odd-numbered years.
Arkansas State Parks
The 51 state parks in the state offer a wide variety of outdoor recreation in Arkansas, with each season having its own special offerings.
Arkansas Tennis Association
The ATA promotes the popularity of tennis by sponsoring tournaments, clinics and other activities.
This Web site includes a directory of biking clubs, shops, events, destinations and other Arkansas resources for cyclists. Join the bulletin board or sign up for a regular newsletter.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Little Rock District
The Corps of Engineers manages many of the parks and campgrounds used for recreation in Arkansas. The operations of the Little Rock District cover most of Arkansas, yet three other Corp districts function within the state borders.
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
501-664-1444 (information center in Little Rock)
The AARP is active in Arkansas, with 13 chapters in Little Rock and North Little Rock and 89 located around the rest of the state, serving persons age 50 and older. The information center in Little Rock has contact numbers for all these, plus lots of other helpful information, including tax preparation assistance from Feb. 1 - April 15 each year, listings of helpful state agencies, guides to insurance and employment listings. They can also issue temporary AARP membership cards.
Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC)
800-272-5528, ext. 3
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
The Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care is a nonprofit corporation working with physicians, hospitals and other health care providers to improve delivery, quality and cost-effectiveness for Medicare beneficiaries. AFMC also provides information for patients on Medicare rights and sponsors seminars on health-related topics.
Arkansas Seniors Organized for Progress (ASOP)
800-550-1401 or 501-661-1401 (Little Rock)
Chartered in 1986, this grassroots organization trains senior Arkansans to have a greater voice in public policy issues affecting their lives. ASOP works closely with other agencies advocating senior issues and is funded by public and private grants; in 1999, ASOP received a federal grant to conduct a campaign against Medicare fraud, waste and abuse.
American Assoc. of Retired Persons
Ark. Seniors Organized for Progress
ASOP trains Arkansas senior citizens to have a greater voice in public policy.
Silver-Haired Legislative Session
Debates the issues affecting older Arkansans and brings these issues to the attention of the Arkansas General Assembly.
Job Training and Employment Opportunities
AARP Senior Community
A program that helps find part-time jobs for seniors 55 and older.
An organization that trains people 55 and older on limited incomes.
Service Corps of Retired Executives
Retired and active executives counsel business owners on business development.
Arkansas is home to the Little Rock Air Force Base, which offers a variety of services to active and retired military personnel. The Little Rock Air Force Base is located in the central Arkansas community of Jacksonville - just minutes from the state's capitol city.
The 314th Airlift Wing is stationed at the base and trains all C-130 crew members from all branches of the U.S. armed services, the U.S. Coast Guard and students from 27 allied nations. The 314th Airlift Wing comprises two flying squadrons - the 53rd and 62nd - plus other operations and support squadrons that together accomplish the wing's aircrew training mission.
The Little Rock Air Force Base opened in October of 1955, and consists of more than 6,000 acres and one runway. The base population is made up of more than 5,000 active-duty military and civilian members along with about 5,500 family members.
Some of the services that can be utilized by retired military personnel are medical care, an education center, officers' and enlisted clubs, a sports and fitness center, an 18-hole golf course, and a 24-lane bowling facility. In addition, a 37-acre fishing lake and a 100,000 square foot commissary are located on the base.
The base also offers a family support center that is available to assist with retirement needs. Contact the center at 501-987-6801. For further information on the Little Rock Air Force Base, see the base web site at littlerock.af.mil.