Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Lowell will be home to the third Arkansas state crime lab.
Many local law enforcement agencies were at the announcement including Arkansas State Police.
With the approval of the legislature, the governor has allocated money to complete construction of the 10,000 square-foot lab, which will share space with the Arkansas State Police Troop L in its new headquarters.
Gov. Hutchinson said this will help increase law enforcement efficiency statewide.
He said this has been a challenge for Northwest Arkansas and state police and more than 35 percent of cases that come to the crime lab in Little Rock are from Northwest Arkansas.
The new facility is set to open on March 1, 2019.