Arkansas Racial Equity Summit

The 2022 Arkansas Racial Equity Summit will be hosted on November 10th, 2022 at McCastlain Hall at the University of Central Arkansas from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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Our 2022 speakers include:

  • Dr. Candice Maxwell, Professor/Distinguished Equity Fellow at the University of Central Arkansas
  • Williams M. Rogers III, Vice President and Director of the Institute for Economic Equity at the Federal Bank of St. Louis
  • Tanya M. Odom, Equity and Inclusion Program Director at the Walton Family Foundation
  • Ronnie Williams, Author of Markham Street: The Haunting Truth Behind the Murder of My Brother, Marvin Leonard Williams.

Our team at the University of Central Arkansas Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED) is dedicated to finding ways to be more intentional in designing content and moving the needle on racial equity and justice in Arkansas. We recognize that creating equity is an extremely important part of community development and economic development.

Arkansas Municipal League Winter Conference





When: January 11-13, 2023

Where: Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, AR

What: The 2023 Winter Conference will focus on achieving civil public discourse at the local level, the upcoming 94th General Assembly, including the League’s legislative priorities for the session, how to effectively communicate with your legislators and more.

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Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism


When: February 26-28, 2023

Where: El Dorado Conference Center and Murphy Arts District, El Dorado, AR

What: The annual Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism includes sessions on tourism, marketing strategies, the importance of social media, current travel trends and more. The event kicks off Sunday night with an opening reception, followed by two full days of educational sessions and culminating Tuesday night with an awards banquet.



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Coming Soon: Arkansas Rural Development Conference


37th Annual Community Development Institute (CDI)



When: July 31 – August 4, 2023

Where: University of Central Arkansas’ Brewer Hegeman Conference Center

What: The Community Development Institute (CDI) began at the University of Central Arkansas in 1987, with the goal of equipping community leaders and economic development professionals with the tools and strategies they needed to create vibrant, successful communities. 30 years later, CDI is still the go-to resource for training.