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…

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.

House of Hope Receives $3,000.00 from the Walmart Foundation to Purchase Washers & Dryers

House-of-HopeThe House of Hope, through a coordinated effort with the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District (NWAEDD), received a $3,000.00 grant from Walmart to purchase two sets of energy efficient washers & dryers. The grant will allow the House of Hope to offer clients an efficient method of doing laundry and will ensure that program participants are able to present themselves in a professional manner with potential employers.

“We are extremely grateful to Walmart for offering this grant opportunity,” said House of Hope Executive Director Ken Bailey. “With this generous donation from Walmart we will be able to continue offering laundry services to our clients and will be able to do so in a more effective manner.” continue reading…

Parks & Tourism Workshop a Success

Parks & Tourism Workshop May 2015

Parks & Tourism Workshop May 2015

NWAEDD hosted a grants workshop with the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism to discuss their Outdoor Recreation Grants Program. The event was well attended with all nine NWAEDD counties being represented. Mike Sprague and Matt McNair represented Parks and Tourism.  If you were unable to attend and are interested in one of these grant programs, please contact our office at 870-741-5404. Below is a description of each grant program. continue reading…

Northwest Workforce Development Board to be named

With the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act the Northwest Arkansas Workforce Investment Board will become the Northwest Arkansas Workforce Development Board. Nominations for the Board will be presented to the Chief Elected Officials for approval. The new Board will meet in late July or early August.