Community & Economic Development

Our goal at NWAEDD is to be the vehicle that links the private and public sectors together while working to advance economic development in our communities.

However, there is no “one size fits all” economic development strategy – and the needs of one community may not represent the needs of another. As a result we strive to provide value in a variety of areas, in an effort to help meet the needs of all the communities of Northwest Arkansas. To accomplish this goal we offer local governments and community-based organizations help in the following areas:

economic development in Northwest Arkansas
NWAEDD’s economic development activities are supported in part by the United States Economic Development Administration under EDA’s economic districts planning grant program.

This funding is used to support some of the services we provide to localities and to maintain the NWAEDD’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The CEDS contains information on the region-wide economy of our nine county economic development district and lists local and regional development goals and strategies.


Participating in community and economic development plans

Identification of grant & loan sources for community projects


Bridge to funding and regulatory agencies

Guide for new & existing businesses requiring tax & infrastructure incentives


Preparation of grant and loan applications