Shown (left to right) are Kelley Erstine, UCA chief of staff; Sen. Jason Rapert; Leigh Ann Pool, program manager, Central Arkansas Planning and Development District, Inc.; Rep. David Meeks; Conductor Chief Operating Officer Kim Lane; and Conductor Chief Catalyst Jeff Standridge.

The University of Central Arkansas’s Conductor received a $30,000 grant to support its programmatic initiatives.

The grant was made possible by the Central Arkansas Planning and Development District (CAPDD), Inc., with support from Sen. Jason Rapert and Rep. David Meeks.

It will be used to support the numerous initiatives and programs of the Conductor, including Brand Camp, High School Startup Day and other talent development initiatives. Funds can be used to cover non-salary-related program expenses.

CAPDD provides community and economic development services for Faulkner, Lonoke, Monroe, Prairie, Pulaski and Saline counties and the cities within them. Working with a variety of funding sources, CAPDD assists cities and counties with applications for grant funds and administers the projects once they are funded. Project development, financing, management and administration are coordinated by CAPDD to construct public works, such as industrial park infrastructure, community water and wastewater systems, rural fire departments, day care centers, senior citizen centers and recreational facilities.