News and Events

  • Tri-Lakes Metropolitan Planning Organization Committee Meeting

    The Technical Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the MPO office located at 1000 Central Avenue, Hot Springs.  Agenda items include :  Projects update, Progress Report on the 2040 MTP Update, US Hwy 70 Improvements Resolution, 2016 UPWP and other business. 

    Please call us at 501-525-7577 if you have any questions.

  • Hot Springs Downtown Comprehensive Re-Development Strategy Public Meeting

    Thomas P. Miller and Associates, a national economic development consulting firm, will facilitate an interactive forum regarding downtown Hot Springs on Thursday, April 9th. The forum will take place at 6:00pm at the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in Conference Room C. Local residents of all ages are encouraged to attend and help design the future of downtown.

    The public forum is the first stage of a four month strategic planning effort to redevelop downtown 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 process 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.

    Members of the public with any questions should contact Vicki Anderson at West Central Arkansas Planning and Development District (501) 525-7577.

  • Parks & Tourism Grant Workshop

    West Central Arkansas Planning & Development District will host a Parks & Tourism Grant workshop on Monday, May 11th from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at our office located at 1000 Central Avenue, Hot Springs.

    Matt McNair with Parks & Tourism will be here to discuss the following grant programs:   Trails for Life,  Fun Park and the 50/50 Matching grant. For addtional information on these parks grant programs click on the following link to the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism website:

    Anyone interested in the grants above are invited to attend.

  • 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.


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.