Current Projects

The 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 to provide website redesign, training, and retail analysis to Mulberry, AR
  • Community Driving Tour Assessment- Mulberry, AR
  • Partnering with UARK Applied Sustainability Center to bring Chuck Marohn, Founder of Strongtowns, to Fayetteville to discuss strategies to improve city budgets, strengthen local tax base, and reduce burden on taxpayers.  April 3, 2014 at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.                                    Click here for more information. 
  • Hosting “Status of Entrepreneurship in Arkansas” session.  April 14, 2014 at the Brewer Hegeman Conference Center, UCA.  Click here for more information. 

»         Developing and implementing training sessions for non-profits: 

  • Currently working with Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance to develop a nonprofit board training seminar.

»         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
  • CCED has also worked with a non-traditional graduate student to assist with projects in Prairie County