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Five to Follow with Mike Preston

Arkansas’s chief business advocate shares his five favorite media sites.


As executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Mike Preston advocates for jobs in Arkansas by championing the state’s pro-business climate. He’s helped shepherd several bills through the legislature that’s aimed at aiding entrepreneurs and tech companies, and he’s made several recruitment trips overseas. The trips continue to play an important role in the state’s economic development efforts and have led to more than 300 companies signing agreements with AEDC to locate or expand in Arkansas. These companies are investing $6.8 billion and creating more than 11,200 new jobs.

Before joining AEDC, Preston served six and a half years as the vice president of government relations for Enterprise Florida. During his tenure there he was part of the team that helped create more than 147,000 jobs paying an average wage of $56,437 and generating $10.07 billion in capital investment.

After graduating from the University of Florida in 2005 with a political science degree, Preston worked as a legislative assistant for a Florida legislator and then was chief of staff for a state senator. Preston and his wife, Anne, are Florida natives but are proud to call Arkansas home.

Give me five of your favorite media sites:

Talk Business & Politics is a great site for covering all of the latest political and business news for the state.

Arkansas Democrat Gazette to catch up on all of the news in Arkansas and beyond as well as editorial content.

Wall Street Journal offers a look at what’s happening in the business world around the globe and what we might expect from the markets.

Sayfie Review is a political insider look at Florida politics. I like to keep up with the political climate in Florida.

ESPN, because at some point during the day, I have to get my sports fix!

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