News and Events



    The U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) is considering a request for Federal assistance from the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton to for the site prep to build a Workforce Training Center in Morrilton Arkansas. Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), EDA is conducting an assessment of the potential of the proposed project to affect the environment and/or historic properties.Read more...

  • NEW Economic Development Website Available

    The newly created web portal ( for regional economic development is online now.  The site is an effort by the  eight Arkansas economic development districts and the Arkansas Institute for Economic Advancement, Arkansas Association of Counties and the Arkansas Municipal League to create a source of economic development data for Arkansas.  The portal provides a single site with comprehensive demographic data for all cities and counties in the State of Arkansas.

  • Tri-Lakes MPO Schedule of Meetings

    Click here for a meeting schedule of the Tri-Lakes MPO Technical Committee and Policy Board.

  • WCAPDD General Improvment Fund Grant Program

    West Central Arkansas Planning and Development District (WCAPDD) announces the availability of funds through the District's General Improvement Fund Grant Program.  The program provides funding assistance for eligible entities for capital improvment projects.  The funding is provided through an appropriation to the District from the Arkansas 89th General Assembly.  Projects should complement the region's community and economic development goals.

    The application period will begin on August 1,  2014.  The DEADLINE for applications for this funding cycle is AUGUST 29TH, 2014 at 4:30 PM.  Application forms may be downloaded for completion in Microsoft Word format and in PDF format below:

    WCAPDD GIF Round 4 Application Form (Word)

    WCAPDD GIF Round 4 Application Form (PDF)

  • Current & Upcoming Community Development Grant Opportunities for 2014

    The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program , the Arkansas Department of Rural Services and the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism have announced  upcoming 2014-15 grant opportnities.  Click here for additional information including eligibility details and submission deadlines.


West Central Arkansas Planning and Development District

West Central Arkansas Planning and Development District, Inc. (WCAPDD) was originally established as one of eight economic development districts in the State of Arkansas and incorporated in 1967. WCAPDD exists for the purpose of improving and enhancing the social and economic well-being of the people in our ten county region.As a not-for-profit economic development corporation, the WCAPDD provides its member cities and counties with technical assistance to obtain funding for public improvement projects, including infrastructure such as water, wastewater and industrial park improvements, that will directly create jobs in our ten-county region.  We also assist our members with community development projects, such as parks and senior citizen's centers, to improve the quality of life for citizens in our service area.

Our services also include private sector assistance to small businesses through our Small Business Administration loan programs.  Click here for more information about Arkansas Small Business Lending Services.