News and Events

  • Hot Springs Downtown Comprehensive Development Strategy

    On Thursday October 8, 2015, the City of Hot Springs, the West Central Arkansas Planning and Development District and the Hot Springs Metro Partnership hosted national economic development consulting firm Thomas P. Miller and Associates to present the findings from the six-months' worth of research and meetings with local stakeholders to determine the best course of action for revitalizing Downtown Hot Springs.  Following the destruction of the historic Majestic Hotel, Hot Springs leadership resolved to find a better path for the future of its downtown and sought assistance from economic development consultants.

    The City of Hot Springs, the Hot Springs Metro Partnership and West Central Arkansas Planning and Development District teamed up to create a comprehensive redevelopment strategy for downtown that will consider current economic development conditions and build new strategies for downtown Hot Springs. This implementation will lay the foundation for Hot Springs to fuel the economy for downtown businesses and residents to thrive, ultimately improving our regional competitiveness and advancing the region's economic prosperity.

    The following link provides access to the full document:

    Hot Springs Downtown Development and Redevelopment Action Plan (Complete)

  • Conway County Center for Exceptional Children, Inc. Receives CDBG Grant


    Conway County Center for Exceptional Children, Inc. will be the recipient of General Assistance and Innovative Grant funds through the Arkansas Economic Development Commission  using them for renovation for the students; kitchen/dining facilities. The Conway County Center for Exceptional Children, Inc. provides services to preschool children and adults with developmental disabilities in Conway and Perry County area. Currently meals are prepared in a small kitchen at another location and must be transported to the facility. This grant will allow meals to be prepared onsite and a place for the students to dine.

  • 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.

  • 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 90h General Assembly.  Projects should complement the region's community and economic development goals.

    The application period will begin on October 14, 2016.  The DEADLINE for submission of applications for this funding cycle is November 10, 2016 at 4:30 PM.  Application forms may be downloaded for completion in Microsoft Word format and in PDF format below:

    WCAPDD 2015-16 GIF Round 5 Application Form (Word)

    WCAPDD 2015-16 GIF Round 5 Application Form (PDF)


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.