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NWAEDD AmericaCorps VISTA Volunteer Recognized by EDA

Kristi Cates is an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer placed at NWAEDD through a partnership with the EDA VISTA Program. Kristi is helping NWAEDD prepare hazard mitigation plans for Boone, Madison, Newton, and Searcy Counties. EDA highlighted the work that she is doing in its March VISTA Newsletter. All of us at NWAEDD are proud to have Kristi as part of our team! For more information  check out our Facebook page or follow this link to the full story on EDA’s website. EDA Article

We would like to introduce you to Kristi Cates, our AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer through the EDA VISTA Program. Kristi is…

Posted by Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District, Inc. on Friday, March 30, 2018

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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, will benefit low & moderate income (LMI) households by replacing outdated septic systems with modern environmentally friendly septic systems. Outdated septic systems pose a risk to soil, ground water, lakes, streams, and the environment in general and replacing these systems is a high priority across the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…

City of Marshall receives Arkansas Department of Rural Services Fire Protection Grant

Marshall ADRS Grant

The City of Marshall received a $27,950.00 grant from the Arkansas Department of Rural Services (ADRS) to purchase a pumper truck for its fire department.  This investment by ADRS will allow the fire department to replace a truck that can no longer pass a pump test and as a result can no longer effectively be used to fight fire. The city will have 18 months to utilize the funds.

Marshall Mayor Kevin Elliot & Fire Chief Ronald Ragland worked closely with the staff from the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District (NWAEDD) to obtain the required information and NWAEDD completed & submitted the application on behalf of the city. State Senator Missy Irvin and State Representative David Branscum both provided letters of support for the project.

NWAEDD to Host Parks & Tourism Grant Workshop

The Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District and the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism will co-sponsor a grants workshop on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the conference room at the NWAEDD office building in Harrison. The workshop will focus on the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism Outdoor Recreation Grants Program. This program consists of three different grant categories – Matching Grants, FUN Grants, and Trails for Life Grants. A brief description of each grant is shown below. For additional information please visit continue reading…

ADEQ Environmental Awards Open for Nominations

The deadline to submit nominations to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) for two environmental awards is approaching. ADEQ will accept nominations through March 7, 2016 for its annual Environmental Stewardship Award, or ENVY award, and a new award called the Arkansas Environmental Technology Award. continue reading…

City of Yellville Receives $124,696.00 DRA Investment to open Rail Spur

Governor with GroupThe City of Yellville has been awarded a grant totaling $124,696.00 from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to re-open the only publically accessible rail spur on the Missouri Northern Arkansas Railroad. This investment will not only re-open the rail spur but will also improve accessibility to the site for vehicles, along with connecting water/electricity between the spur and the industrial park. continue reading…

City of Springdale receives $1 Million EDA Investment for Disaster Resiliency

Through a coordinated effort with the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District, the City of Springdale has received a $1,000,000.00 investment from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). This EDA investment will allow the city to make much needed drainage improvements along its highly traveled Cambridge Street. EDA’s investment will not only help mitigate current flooding issues, but it will also allow for continued traffic flow, emergency response, and area access during significant storm events. For additional information regarding EDA’s investment in Arkansas click here: EDA Press Release

Eureka Springs Receives $220,000.00 Grant from AEDC

Eureka Springs2The City of Eureka Springs received a $220,000.00 Community Development Block Grant from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. This project will allow the city to make some much needed improvements to their underground drainage system.

NWAEDD was proud to work with Eureka Springs Mayor Butch Berry and his staff, along with Jean Noble and the grants team at AEDC on this project.


Growing a Healthy Searcy County Receives $30,752.00 from the Walmart Foundation

“Growing a Healthy Searcy County”, through a coordinated effort with the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District (NWAEDD), received a $30,752.00 contribution to assist with their summer food program. The grant – which was given to NWAEDD through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Marshall Check Presentation 1Program – will provide supplemental food for children to take home, gas cards for volunteers, advertising to promote the program, and the funding necessary to purchase commercial kitchen equipment at the Searcy County Civic Center.


“We are extremely grateful to Walmart for offering this grant opportunity so that as the need for our program grows, we will be able to continue to serve the children of Searcy County,” said Summer Lunch Program Coordinator Marie Morgan. “This generous grant will allow us to better utilize the civic center’s kitchen and will allow us to continue providing supplemental food to our county’s children.” continue reading…