Mayor Larry S. Bryant

Mayor's Welcome

Welcome to the official City of Forrest City website. As you search our site, you can learn many things about our city - Forrest City, - the "Jewel of the Delta," and the Hub of Business and Industry in Eastern Arkansas. During your visit, I hope you will see why, as mayor of Forrest City, I can proudly say, our city is open and ready for business.

Forrest City, Arkansas was established in 1870. It is located in Northeast Arkansas off of Interstate 40, between Little Rock and Memphis (45 miles west of Memphis and 85 miles east of Little Rock).

We are strategically located on I-40, which runs East and West (over 28,000 vehicles travel I-40 daily) and Arkansas Highway 1, which is the major thoroughfare running north and south. We also have two railways that serve in all directions, with America's #1 transportation hub, Memphis, being less than 50 miles away.

The recently constructed 8.4 miles long Highway 1 Bypass is ready for business. It runs North and South with the Delta Regional Airport located on the north and the Federal Correctional Institute on the South. A master study plan for the bypass was completed through a partnership between the City of Forrest City, Garver and Garver, and the Corp of Engineers. The purpose of the plan was to determine the feasibility of developing the area for commercial use. The answer was a resounding "Yes". The Bypass Infrastructure Project will help pave the way for economic growth in our city.

By the way, we have people with great work ethics. We have a strong educational environment; with East Arkansas Community College ( - whose primary focus is a commitment to learning by educating and preparing students to become responsible citizens and contributing members of society, Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute ( where graduates are trained and ready, not only to enter the work force, but to step into a place of leadership when duty calls, Forrest City High School (public) ( whose mission is to provide educational services that meets and exceeds our customer's needs and expectations, allowing us to prosper as a district and community and Calvary Christian School (private) a private school that serves grades PK-12.

Forrest City is home to several businesses employing over 200 people such as Boar's Head Provision, Airtherm Products Inc., CorMark, Federal Correctional Institute, Forrest City Medical Center, Forrest City School District and Wal-Mart Supercenter. In addition, we have over 31 restaurants and over 700 hotel/motel rooms.

If you're looking for a home for your business, visit Forrest City. Let us show you why we are indeed the, "Jewel of the Delta". We want to serve you, and our motto is "One Forrest City, moving forward, one step at a time.


Larry S. Bryant