Western Arkansas Intermodal Authority (WAIA)

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 Western Arkansas Intermodal Authority (WAIA).

WAIA’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, WAIA 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 WAIA – other development partners include the Van Buren and Fort Smith chambers of commerce, the Fort Chaffee Public Trust, the Northwest Arkansas Council, the Arkansas Department of Transportation 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:

City of Fort Smith

Carl Geffken, City Administrator
Steve Vicary, ArcBest
Daniel Mann, Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority

City of Van Buren

Joe Hurst, Mayor
Keith Hefner
Jay White, Pepper Source, Inc

Sebastian County

Steve Hotz, County Judge
Rodney Shepard, Arvest
Chris Moody, ABB

Crawford County

Chris Keith, County Judge
Doug Bowen, Compass Cold Storage
Fred Williams

Board Meeting Dates:

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Ben Geren Safe Room

7200 Zero Street

Fort Smith, AR 72903

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Van Buren Public Library

1409 Main Street

Van Buren, AR 72956

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Ben Geren Safe Room

7200 Zero Street

Fort Smith, AR 72903

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Van Buren Boys & Girls Club

1403 City Park Road

Van Buren, AR 72956