Archive for June 2015

NWAEDD Hosts Outreach & Opportunities Summit

NWAEDD hosted our first annual Outreach & Opportunities Summit at the John Paul Hammerschmidt Conference Center on June 4, 2015. We would like to thank all of the mayors, county judges, and other city/county representatives for attending and making it a successful event. It was certainly great to see all nine of our counties represented!

Johnny James - USDA

Johnny James – USDA

North Arkansas College provided a great venue for us at the JPH Conference Center and Western Sizzlin served a wonderful lunch. So a big thank you goes out from NWAEDD to both.

We would also like to give a special thanks to all of our presenters. Rep. Branscum and Rep. Ballinger provided some great insight on the 2015 legislative session and the special session that just occurred. Johnny James and his team from USDA, Jennifer Oakley from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, Alex Johnston from the Arkansas Department of Rural Services, Dan Hendrix from the Arkansas World Trade Center, and Drew Williams from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission all gave very informative presentations as well. Thanks to everyone for making this event a success.

Promise Program Employs Teens with Disabilities

Arkansas Promise LogoSixty teens with disabilities from Benton and Washington Counties are on the job thanks to the Arkansas Promise Program. As reported in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper, the grant pays each participants’ wages for 400 hours divided into two summers of work.

Arkansas PROMISE is a research project open to youth ages 14 to 16 who currently receive SSI benefits. Services include: Intensive case management, two paid competitive work experiences, education and employment training and support for youth and families, benefits counseling, health and wellness training, and money to address emergency financial needs. For more information, contact David Whitten, the Northwest Arkansas Recruiter, at 479-305-4278.