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!


COVID-19 Information

Stay up-to-date with some helpful information and links as we make it through this pandemic together!

Recent News and Announcements

Fort Smith receives $1.7 million grant from EDA!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           Contact:         John Atwood Tuesday, July 19, 2022                                                                        JAtwood@eda.gov U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $1.7 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds for Road Construction to Support Manufacturing Business Growth in Fort... Read More