Current Projects

Center of Community and Economic Development is currently working to support Arkansas communities through a variety of projects:


»         Researching and promoting successful community and economic development practices.

»         Providing training and technical assistance to Arkansas community leaders .

  • Working with UA Cooperative Extension to continue CDI Advanced Year Kick Start Program in Paris, AR

– Our work in Paris has included three community forums, one held in September, October, and November. At these forums, the community identified core values and a vision for the group’s efforts; community action groups were organized; and the community action groups worked through the Breakthrough Solutions Action Process. Currently, the community action groups are moving forward to improve community education, community branding, and quality of life efforts. The Center will continue to work with Paris, AR in 2015.

For more about the Advanced Year Kick Start Program in Paris, check out the summary report.

  • Conducting a First Impressions Tour Assessment in Greenwood, AR
  • Hosting a Community Deliberation Pre-recorded Webinar (available September 8, 2014)
  • Hosting an in-depth workshop on Community Deliberation on November 14, 2014. More info here.

»         Developing and implementing training sessions for non-profits: 

  • Assisting with Outreach and Community Engagement’s Non Profit Survival Series. This series is geared to meet the needs of nonprofits by hosting a series of workshops each specifically designed to address a particular challenge facing nonprofits. More info here.

»         Creating opportunities for students to work on real world community development projects

  • Cross collaboration with other UCA departments to directly connect with students
  • Partnership with the EPIC Residential College at UCA
  • Collaboration with UCA’s Center for Leadership Development to develop another leadership program on campus focusing on a variety of leadership skills development topics to inform students about the common issues facing rural Arkansas and challenge students to use their leadership skills to address these problems
  • CCED has worked with faculty on campus to sponsor a research competition where students will develop presentations related to poverty, community development, economic development, and education in rural Arkansas communities
  • CCED has a student intern to assist with grant work where the student receives excellent experiential learning