1109 S. 16th St. Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 479.785.2651
Fax: 479.785.1964
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Western Arkansas Planning & Development District

Welcome to the Western Arkansas Planning and Development District! Founded in 1966, WAPDD serves the six counties of Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Polk, Scott and Sebastian by providing a variety of resources, services and information. In this role, we assist area leaders and residents in areas like community and economic development, workforce development, transportation improvement, emergency 911 services and much more.

“The mission of the Western Arkansas Planning and Development District is to foster community and economic growth in our local economy by providing community and economic development, workforce innovation, transportation and emergency planning and various other professional services in support of our Region.  We are the central catalyst for community-centered economic development that links our counties, cities and businesses with state, federal and private resources to aid in a higher quality of life while promoting future growth for all citizens of Western Arkansas.”

Explore what WAPDD is already doing for Western Arkansas, and what we are ready to do for you today!

Top Story

Mountainburg Receives Rural Services Block Grant

Governor Asa Hutchinson, AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston, AEDC VP of Operations Amy Fecher and Rural Services Director Alex Johnston presented $971,204.94 to 14 rural communities selected for funding through the Rural Services Block Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2017. The grant awards were distributed October 13th at an awards ceremony held in the Governor’s Reception Room at the Arkansas State Capitol.

In attendance were representatives receiving an Arkansas Rural Services Block Grant award on behalf of Mountainburg in Crawford County. City of Mountainburg is receiving $75,000 to renovate its community center.

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Division of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to select the Rural Services Block Grant recipients.  The grant program is funded through HUD’s Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program and is administered for the State and Rural Services through a partnership with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Grants Division. Incorporated cities and towns and unincorporated communities in rural areas of less than 3,000 in population and that are 51% or above on the low-to-moderate income scale are eligible to apply for assistance through the mayor or county judge’s office.

For more information about the Arkansas Rural Services Block Grant Program or other funding opportunities, please contact the Division of Rural Services at 1-888-RURALAR.

Mountainburg

Pictured from left to right are:  Tracee McKenna, WAPDD, Carol Moon, Mayor Neal Moon, Patricia Wagner, Governor Asa Hutchinson, AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston, AEDC VP Amy Fecher, ARDC Commissioner Jamie Pafford-Gresham, Rural Services Director Alex Johnston, Brenda Rowell, AEDC

 

 

BOARD MEETINGS

December 14, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.
River Park Events Building, West Room
121 Riverfront Drive Fort Smith, AR
March 15, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
River Park Events Building, West Room
June 21, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
River Park Events Building, West Room
September 27, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
River Park Events Building, West Room

PUBLIC NOTIFICATIONS

WAPDD is working to update the Hazard Mitigation Plans for Crawford and Sebastian Counties. The purpose of the Hazard Mitigation Plans is to outline and prioritize the measures to be taken in order to prevent the loss of life and property from a natural disaster. The public is invited to participate by completing a natural hazards questionnaire. To complete a questionnaire, click the appropriate link for either Crawford or Sebastian County based on where you reside.

Crawford

Sebastian