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
Jeff Beauchamp, Sagely & Edwards Realtors
Jay White, Pepper Source, Inc

Sebastian County

Steve Hotz, County Judge
Larry Combs, Arkhola Sand & Gravel
Chris Moody, ABB

Crawford County

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

OUR Mission

The mission of the Western Arkansas Intermodal Authority (WAIA) is to promote the development and expansion of all modes of transportation in Western Arkansas for the purpose of an efficient and dependable freight network. WAIA also advances the creation of intermodal opportunities to meet current and future shipping demands resulting in an economical, efficient and dependable transport system.  

Board Meeting Dates:

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Virtual Due to Weather

Wednesday, April 03, 2024

Van Buren Library

1409 Main Street

Van Buren, AR 72956

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Ben Geren Safe Room

7200 South Zero Street

Fort Smith, AR 72903

Wednesday, October 02, 2024

TBD (Van Buren Area)