Regional Intermodal Transportation Authority of Western Arkansas
A region’s economic vitality owes much to its commitment to transportation improvements. As such, WAPDD plays a crucial role providing facilities and extensive support for the Regional Intermodal Transportation Authority (RITA) of Western Arkansas.
RITA’s role is to plan and develop initiatives for transportation improvements that benefit the entire Western Arkansas region – especially those that better support the movement of goods and freight that are so important in driving the region’s economy. As part of that effort, RITA coordinates efforts with units of government at all levels, and takes a leading role in the pursuit of public and private investments to achieve the transportation improvements that can help move Western Arkansas forward.
In addition to WAPDD – which provides operating space for RITA – other development partners include the Van Buren and Fort Smith chambers of commerce, the Fort Chaffee Public Trust, the Northwest Arkansas Council, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission – in addition to local government and private sector leadership.
Current board members, listed by the jurisdictions they represent, include:
Ivy Owen, Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority
City of Fort Smith
Carl Geffken, City Administrator
Tim Thorne, ArcBest
Mark Lindgren, Kraft/Planters
City of Van Buren
Bob Freeman, Mayor
Keith Hefner, Citizens Bank
Jay White, Pepper Source, Inc.
David Hudson, County Judge
Russell Owen, Hiram Walker
George Moschner, Baldor Electric Company
Dennis Gilstrap, County Judge
Bob Null, Arkansas Lamp
Fred Williams, Williams/Crawford & Associates