About Us

OUR STORY

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.

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

Our Mission

“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.”

Meet Our Team

Sasha Grist

Sasha Grist

Executive Director

Kim Bartlett

Kim Bartlett

Senior Financial Accountant

Dana Smith

Dana Smith

Receptionist

Shannon Scott

Shannon Scott

911/GIS Analyst

Ashlie Ross

Ashlie Ross

Business Services / Quality Assurance Lead

Desaray Fuentes

Desaray Fuentes

Workforce Career Advisor

Ashley Garris

Ashley Garris

Asst. Exec. Director / Dir. of Economic Dev.

Tracee McKenna

Tracee McKenna

Director of Community Development

Reese Brewer

Reese Brewer

MPO Director

Olen Smith

Olen Smith

911/GIS Field Technician

Angie Oliver

Angie Oliver

Workforce Program Manager & EEO Officer

Emily Johnson

Emily Johnson

Workforce Clerk

Amanda Moses

Amanda Moses

Financial Officer / HR

Michael Rosenberg

Michael Rosenberg

Project & Communications Coordinator

Tina Thompson

Tina Thompson

Senior 911/GIS Analyst

Dennis Williamson

Dennis Williamson

Director of Workforce Development

Rick Burke

Rick Burke

Workforce Career Advisor

Proudly serving the six counties of Western Arkansas for over 50 years!