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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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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $800,000 to Boost Capacity for Business Development in Fort Smith, Arkansas

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $800,000 to Boost Capacity for Business Development in Fort Smith, Arkansas

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding an $800,000 grant to the city of Fort Smith, Arkansas, to make critical sewer system improvements needed to accommodate business development and expansion in the Warehouse district of Chaffee Crossing. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create or retain nearly 110 jobs.

“We commend the city of Fort Smith for working to accommodate the needs of the local business community,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Affairs Dennis Alvord. “The improved infrastructure will ensure that the region’s businesses have the capacity they need to grow and thrive.”

The Warehouse district of Chaffee Crossing holds great potential for job creation and expansion by small- to mid-sized businesses, however, aged and under-capacity sewer lines in this area as well as inadequate fire protection are severely hampering redevelopment efforts which could result in new jobs for the community. This project will update the water/sewer lines and fire protection so that current business needs will be met and that expansions can occur. The project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the Western Arkansas Planning and Development District. EDA funds the Western Arkansas Planning and Development District to bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov)
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.

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