2022 – 2023

UCA CCED director elected to national community development role

UCA Center for Community, Economic Development announces assistant director

Arvest program offers loans, financial education for those starting out

Walton Grant to Support UCA’s Economic Development Training Program

UCA receives grant to support Community Development Pipeline program

Library manager graduates CDI, wins Whitelaw award

UCA Community Development Institute hosts 150 participants

2021 – 2022

Other Days

Bossier Chamber Vice President Earns PCED Certification

UCA CCED Hosts 2021 Arkansas Racial Equity Summit

Community Participates in “Doing”

Women’s Leadership Network Announces Leadership Academy

Kilgore Economic Development Corp. names Executive Director

Governor Joins Economic Chamber Executives in Honoring Leaders


2020 – 2021

Rayford completes Community Development Certification; recognized for leadership, integrity 

35th Annual CDI Concludes with Graduation and Awards ceremony

Bossier Chamber Rep. graduates from CDI

Texarkana Chambers Robbin Bass completes Year 1 of CDI

Conway Corps Matthews graduates CDI

Mayors Moment the Power of Prayer

Steve Harris, Anna Powell graduate from CDI

Beebe Officials Looking Into Possibly Acquiring 50-acre BIDC Property for Free

Arkansas Black Hall of Fame

Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation Announces $48,000 in Grants

Van Buren Mayor ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ for ‘Normal Progress’ in 2021

Magnolia has “Got to Get” A Brand

Entertainment Notes Racial Healing

National Day of Racial Healing Planned as Week-Long Event

Public-Private Partnership Helps Jefferson County Transform Community Services

Lead AR Announces New Class

Community Canvas: Murals Improve Our Cities and Towns

What do you want in Boone County?

Area Students Learn About Poverty

The District: How Mountain Home is Leveraging a New Law to Revitalize their Downtown

First Impressions Tour Gets to Know Arkansas Town from A Unique Perspective

CCED and Service-Learning Partner for AmeriCorps Vista Program

Creating Health Communities



Movers and Shakers

Wynne Selected as Pilot City for Community Catalyst Program

CDI Group Visits Camden Again

CDI Study Benefits City of Camden

Business People

Alliance Staff Member Earns Certification

Library Staffer Elected Class Champion for CDI

Arkansas Achievers

Main Street Exec Earns Development Certification

CDI Focus Group Visits Camden Economic Ideas

UCA Names Amy Whitehead Chief of Staff

HGTV’s Home Town stars head to Conway

People in Business


The virtuous cycle of adaptive reuse, City and Town, January 2023


LeadAR: Strengthening Arkansas communities since 1984, City and Town, December 2022

Overcoming the digital divide: Newport develops its first Wi-Fi park. City and Town November 2022

Preparing a workforce for the future: ACT Work Ready Communities. City and Town, October 2022

Identifying your community’s moon mission. City and Town, September 2022

Balancing big dreams with hard work: Lessons from Greenbrier. City and Town, August 2022

Hello from Magnolia, City and Town, July 2022

Heal on wheels: Mobile health clinics reach Arkansas’ underserved, City and Town, June 2022

Broad sales tax initiative a success for Cabot, City and Town, May 2022

Following the trail of outdoor recreation, City and Town, April 2022

2022 National Day of Racial Healing: Reflections on building inclusive institutions, City and Town, March 2022

The Dewey Decimal connection, City and Town, February 2022

Women’s leadership development as economic development, City and Town, January 2022


Conway’s home-grown influencers boost engagement, City and Town, December 2021

Virtual Reality and the Future of Workforce Development, City and Town, November 2021

Create Bridges Program Boosts Rural Small Businesses, City and Town, October 2021

Eclipse 2024, City and Town, September 2021

Community Driven Re-Entry: How Sevier County is Addressing the Substance Abuse Crisis, City and Town, August 2021

ARPA: A Once-In-A-Generation Opportunity for Community Development, City and Town, July 2021

Retail Recruitment Critical for Community Development, City and Town, June 2021

Walking with a Purpose: Walk Audits Reveal Opportunities for Change, City and Town, May 2021

ABHOF grants help bridge the gap in Arkansas’ Black communities, City and Town, April 2021

Taking the pulse of the people: Developing a community survey, City and Town, March 2021

Sustainable communities: Best practices from the Natural State, City and Town, February 2021

Moving the needle on equity, City and Town, January 2021



Public-private partnership helps Jefferson County transform community services, City & Town, December 2020

Community canvas: Murals improve our cities and towns, City & Towns, November 2020

The District: How Mountain Home is leveraging a new law to revitalize their downtown, City and Town, October 2020

First Impressions Tour gets to know Arkansas town from a unique perspective, City and Town, September 2020

Creating healthy communities: Delta Population Health Institute challenges us to redefine health, City and Town, August 2020

Magnolia’s Mule Kick makes community part of business plan, City and Town, July 2020

Rogers debuts free, on-demand public transit, City and Town, June 2020

#CommUNITY: How Russellville is coming together through a crisis, City and Town, May 2020

Run this town: Maximizing the community impact of running events, City and Town, April 2020

UCA Citizens Academy promotes local engagement, City and Town, March 2020

Smart tech helps cities plan for the future, City and Town, February 2020

Apprenticeships: A tried and true concept reemerges, City and Town, January 2020



Growing Corning together, City and Town, December 2019

2020 Census: What it means for your community, City and Town, November 2019

Hot Spring County Conversations: Grassroots initiative leads to 10-year strategic action plan, City and Town, October 2019

The benefits of conducting a walk audit, City and Town, September 2019

One downtown’s comeback, City and Town, August 2019

The road to downtown revitalization in Wynne, City and Town, July 2019

Kick Start Sheridan: This is their time, City and Town, June 2019

Why communities fail; A Q&A with Danny Games, City and Town, May 2019

Joint use agreements improve access to local amenities, City and Town, April 2019

Local festivals and events build community, City and Town, March 2019

Shaping our future economy: Return on investment for early childhood education, City and Town, February 2019

Aspire Arkansas supports data-informed approaches to community and economic development, City and Town, January 2019