Technical assistance program announced today

Technical Assistance Program Announced

University of Central Arkansas President Tom Courtway and Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston announced the establishment of the Technical Assistance Program for Arkansas Mayors today at the Arkansas State Capitol. Arkansas Rep. Fredrick Love, who helped to facilitate collaboration to establish the program, joined the two in making the … [Read more...]

Rural communities get assistance through UCA partnership

MEDIA ADVISORY UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS SEPTEMBER 17, 2015 CONTACT: Christina Madsen, vice president for communications, public relations and marketing, at or (501) 852-2659. Fredricka Sharkey, director of media relations, at or (501) 450-5114. Kristy Carter, director of marketing for UCA’s Division of Outreach and Community Engagement, at k … [Read more...]

UCA adds variety to community education

New fall community education classes are being offered to the public through University of Central Arkansas’ Division of Outreach and Community Engagement. Twenty-five classes have been added to the fall course offerings, which are scheduled to being early-September. “Community Education is a cluster of classes from a variety of subject areas designed to enrich the lives of the residents in Fau … [Read more...]

New workshop series launches in September

Starting this fall, small-business owners in the Conway area will have access to a series of workshops focused on the challenges and opportunities facing independently owned and operated enterprises. The Conway Small Business Institute is a four-part workshop series designed to help small-business owners establish, develop and promote their business. The University of Central Arkansas’ Division … [Read more...]

TEDx is coming to UCA


The inaugural TEDxUniversityOfCentralArkansas conference will be held on the 12th of March 2016 at the University of Central Arkansas.  The University of Central Arkansas is excited about the opportunity to provide a global platform for Central Arkansas’ ideas worth spreading. If you are interested in helping coordinate this event, please e-mail Twitter - @T … [Read more...]

29th annual CDI concludes with graduation and awards ceremony

(l tor) Kelley Erstine, UCA chief of staff, Shelley Mehl, associate vice president of outreach and community engagement, Mike Preston, executive drector of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and Amy Whitehead, director, Center for Community and Economic Development

A diverse group of over 130 community leaders from the mid-south region participated in the 29th annual Community Development Institute (CDI) at the University of Central Arkansas. The four day training session, held August 3-6, concluded with a special graduation and awards ceremony. The Arkansas Community Development Society (ACDS) was honored with the Friend of Community Development Award, … [Read more...]

UCA to host 29th annual Community Development Institute

Elected officials and community leaders from across the mid-south will meet at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) campus on August 3-6 to participate in the annual Community Development Institute (CDI).  Taking place in the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center, the institute promises to be a rewarding learning experience for participants. Participants will be involved in engaging class … [Read more...]

Heber Springs Selected for CDI Program

Heber Springs was selected to host the University of Central Arkansas’ Community Development Institute Advanced Year program in August 2015. Heber Springs was selected through a competitive process of potential communities seeking to work with the CDI Community Development Institute (CDI). The Advanced Year class of CDI focuses on the application of community and economic development principles … [Read more...]

First Impressions Tour assessment in Clarksville completed

Josh Markham presenting First Impressions Tour assessment at Clarksville Chamber of Commerce

The Center for Community and Economic Development at the University of Central Arkansas presented an assessment report based on a First Impressions Tour recently completed in Clarksville, Arkansas. Over the past several months, the Center has worked in Clarksville to assess the physical, social and economic infrastructure of the community from the perspective of an individual completely new to … [Read more...]

UCA receives Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation grant

CONWAY—The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) announced its continued support of the Center for Community and Economic Development at the University of Central Arkansas through a three-year Rural Community and Economic Development Grant for $84,000. This funding is intended to support the Center’s efforts to assist municipal and nonprofit leaders build regional connections and to provide dir … [Read more...]