Economic Development

Economic Development 2020-01-27T14:54:19-06:00

The Economic Development Division works to attract new businesses, retain and grow existing businesses, attract investment, and to promote Arnold’s business-friendly atmosphere.

The Arnold Advantage

  • Located in the heart of the St. Louis metropolitan region
  • City Population: 21,113 (2017 Census Estimate)
  • Trade Area Population: 73,207 people within a 10-minute drive with more than 128,000 within 5 miles
  • Daytime Trade Area Population: 65,003 people within a 10-minute drive with more than 99,000 within 5 miles
  • $62,394 Median Household Income (For the trade area population within a 10-minute drive)
  • $75,755 Average Household Income (For the trade area population within a 10-minute drive)
  • A vibrant multi-corridor retail district served by two interstate highway interchanges
  • Easy access to Interstate 55, US 61, and MO 141
  • Within a 30-minute drive to downtown St. Louis, St. Louis Lambert International Airport, and virtually all of St. Louis County

Arnold is a regional shopping and hospitality destination – known for its vibrant retail corridors on Jeffco Boulevard and MO 141 – with such businesses as Walmart Supercenter, Target, Kohl’s, Ross, Home Depot, Lowes, Schnuck’s, Dierberg’s, and a large number of casual dining and quick service restaurants, as well as lodging establishments, such as Drury Inn & Suites and Pear Tree Inn.

Also home to an equally vibrant industrial base, among the manufacturing firms located in Arnold are: Metal Container Corporation (Anheuser-Busch); LMC Industries; Sinclair Rush; Convergys; and St. Louis Bridge Construction.

Arnold boasts nine city-owned parks, including the par 70, 18-hole Arnold Golf Club, the Arnold Recreation Center with both indoor and outdoor pools, Jim Edwards Archery Park, and Arnold Jaycees Skate Park. Among the 400 plus acres of parks and natural preserve areas, Arnold provides facilities for picnicking, boating, fishing, sports, trailblazing, and other leisure activities; including, a seasonal farmers market, a skate park, and two dog parks.

With an abundance of single-family homes and apartments, well-maintained streets, low taxes, and the highly-rated Fox School C-6 District, Arnold is considered a premier place to live, work, shop, and play.

Arnold MO Economic Development

City of Arnold Economic Development  
2101 Jeffco Blvd., Arnold, MO 63010
8:00 am – 4:45 pm, Mon – Fri

David B. Bookless, AICP
Community Development Director

Economic Development Resources

Arnold at a Glance
Demographics, transportation, education, taxes, housing, and healthcare

Arnold Site Selection Information
Market profile, demographics overview, peer analysis, mobile tracking data, GAP analysis, trade area information, property inventory, and more

Opening a Business in Arnold
Information requirements for opening a business in Arnold, including about zoning, business licenses, signs, and more

Corridor 55 CoWorking Space
Move-in ready, professional coworking space, owned and operated by the City of Arnold

Financing & Incentives Programs
The City of Arnold is always willing to discuss state-authorized economic development financing and incentive programs

City of Arnold Community Development Handbook 2020
Applications, checklists, fees, meeting dates, application deadlines, and the process of approval for various development processes

Fast Tracking Resolution
Expedited plan review and inspections program for commercial or industrial projects that will have a substantial economic impact on the community

Economic Development Commission
Acts to promote sound and progressive growth, attract business and industry, and stimulate economic development

Additional Business Resources

Arnold Chamber of Commerce
Promotes prosperity and advances the commercial, educational, industrial, civic and general interests of the City of Arnold, Jefferson County, and the State of Missouri

Economic Development Corporation of Jefferson County
A full range of services to help meet growing business’ needs in the County, including counseling, loans, and incentives

U.S. Small Business Administration – St. Louis District Office
Provides aid, counsel, and assistance to small businesses

Free business counseling and resources, low-cost workshops, and free business consulting services

Gateway VMS
Assists entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses through customized, team-based mentoring and business education programs

Information Technology Entrepreneur Network
Programs for rapid development of scalable tech ventures, engaging experienced entrepreneurs to help others build successful, growing companies

Missouri Business Development Program