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!

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Mansfield Receives Rural Community Grant

Governor Asa Hutchinson, AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston, AEDC Deputy Director Amy Fecher, and AEDC Rural Services Director Alex Johnston presented $171,232 to 17 rural communities selected for Fiscal Year 2016 Cycle II funding through the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Programs.   The grant awards were distributed at a February 9th awards ceremony held in the Governor’s Reception Room at the Arkansas State Capitol.

In attendance were representatives receiving an Arkansas Rural Fire Protection Grant award on behalf of Mansfield in Sebastian County. The Mansfield FD received $8,942 to purchase new radios, beepers and turnout equipment. Additionally, the city of Mansfield recieved $74,000 to renovate the Dixie Theater into a community center.

The Division of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to administer the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Programs in three cycles each year.   Incorporated cities and towns and unincorporated communities in rural areas of less than 3,000 in population are eligible to apply for assistance through the mayor or county judge’s office.  

All Arkansans are invited to attend the 2016 Arkansas Rural Development Conference in Rogers May 24-26.   Attendees will learn about additional programs and funding opportunities available to Arkansas’ rural communities. Over 75 state legislators will join over 600 mayors, county judges, other state and federal officials, and community leaders to participate in this annual conference.

For more information about the Rural Development Conference or Division of Rural Services grant programs, please contact the Arkansas Economic Development Commission at 1-888-RURALAR.


Pictured from left to right are: AEDC Grants Manager Jennifer Chunn, WAPDD Grants Manager Tracee McKenna, Senator Terry Rice, Mayor Larry Austin, Representative Jon Eubanks, Becky Walker, ARDC Commissioner Lonnie Turner, Governor Asa Hutchinson, AEDC Rural Services Director Alex Johnston, ARDC Chair Jamie Pafford-Gresham, AEDC Deputy Director Amy Fecher, and AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston


June 8, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.
River Park Events Building, West Room
121 Riverfront Drive Fort Smith, AR

September 14, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.
River Park Events Building, East Room

December 14, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.
River Park Events Building, West Room


WAPDD is working to update the Hazard Mitigation Plans for Franklin and Scott 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 Franklin or Scott County based on where you reside.