News and Events

  • Hot Springs Downtown Comprehensive Development Strategy

    On Tuesday, November 15th, 2016, the City of Hot Springs Board of Directors unanimously approved the Hot Springs Parking, Pedestrian and Bicycle Enhancement Plan.   This plan was prepared by national economic development consulting firm Thomas P. Miller and Associates as an addendum to the City of Hot Springs Downtown Economic Development & Redevlopment Action Plan.  This document takes an in depth look at parking and pedestrian issues that were identified by the comprehensive development plan completed in 2015.

    The City of Hot Springs, the Hot Springs Metro Partnership and West Central Arkansas Planning and Development District collaborated  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 links provides access to both documents:

    Hot Springs Parking, Pedestrian and Bicycle Enhancement Plan

    Hot Springs Downtown Development and Redevelopment Action Plan (Complete)

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

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    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 (arkansaseconomicregions.org) 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.

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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.