Archive for August 2016

Cotter Receives $15,000.00 from ADRS Rural Community Grant Program

Cotter Receives $15,000.00The City of Cotter received a Rural Community Grant from the Arkansas Department of Rural Services to assist in the demolition of its Spring House. This particular grant requires a 50/50 match and the city received the maximum award of $15,000.00. The Spring House is a community building that was in such disrepair that it was no longer able to be utilized. Demolition proved to be more economically feasible than renovation with the problems facing the structure. The long term goal is to rebuild a new community center at that site. NWAEDD hopes to be involved in that project in the future!


Benton County Awarded $185,000.00 from AEDC

Benton County CDBGGovernor Asa Hutchinson presented Benton County with a $185,000.00 General Assistance Grant from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission on Wednesday, July 27th. This grant, which utilizes Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, will benefit low & moderate income (LMI) households by replacing outdated septic systems with modern environmentally friendly septic systems. Outdated septic systems pose a risk to soil, ground water, lakes, streams, and the environment in general and replacing these systems is a high priority across the State. Although all of Benton County will benefit from the positive impact to the environment, it is expected that approximately 20 LMI income households will be able to take advantage of this opportunity to have a new septic system installed.

Growing a Healthy Searcy County Receives $47,000.00 Grant from the Walmart Foundation

Growing A Healthy Searcy CountyMarshall, Arkansas, August 22, 2016 – “Growing a Healthy Searcy County”, through a coordinated effort with the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District (NWAEDD), received a $47,000.00 grant from the Walmart Foundation that will focus on the group’s summer food program and emergency preparedness at the county level. Some initiatives that this grant will provide funding for include; supplemental food for children participating in the summer lunch program, a commercial three compartment sink and standby generator for the Searcy County Civic Center, six fully automated external defibrillators as well as 1,000 emergency shelter kits. continue reading…

EDA Invests $1.4 Million in Northwest Arkansas

AsaOn Friday, August 12, 2016 Governor Asa Hutchinson and Congressman Steve Womack were on hand as EDA Austin Regional Director, Jorge Ayala, announced approximately $1.4 million in EDA investments in Northwest Arkansas. The recipients of the EDA investments were Benton County, the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, and the Arkansas World Trade Center. NWAEDD was proud to work with all three entities through the application process and congratulates them on their success! continue reading…