The Center can work directly with communities to provide a variety of customized services. Services include, but may not be limited to, the following:

Community Branding

In partnership with Thrive, one community or county will undergo a branding development process. Included in this service will be a branding workshop, tagline, logo, brand standards guide, one-page summary document, and other supplemental materials. The community will have to provide passionate community members to lead this process, venues for meetings, and potential refreshments for meetings.


How to Manage and/or Build a Nonprofit 

In partnership with City of Hope Outreach, the Center will work with a rural community or organization (less than 4,000 pop.) to teach them how to build a successful nonprofit or how to effectively manage a nonprofit currently in existence.


Nonprofit Capacity Building Regional Training 

Our partners at the UCA Service-Learning Program and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Center for Nonprofit Organizations are looking for a community to host a regional nonprofit training event. The selected community will be the host site for this event and must have an adequate space to host up to 50 nonprofit leaders throughout the state, internet access, projector and screen, and catering available in the community. The selected community will be listed as a partner for the event. Topics may include grant writing, fundraising, outcomes assessment, board recruitment, volunteer management or other topics of interest to nonprofit organizations. UCA and UALR will provide all training facilitators and materials.


Newtonia Simulation

The Newtonia Simulation is an exercise in collaboration where participants are given the opportunity to develop a blank slate of a town called Newtonia. This is a Community Development Institute (CDI) favorite and the CCED is offering a condensed version of Newtonia called “Newtonia Go!” that we can take on the road to leadership development programs, organizations, and other entities looking for an interactive session on collaboration. Reach out to us directly to learn more!


On-Site Walk Audit

Our partners at Crafton Tull will conduct an interactive walk audit with community leaders of the selected community to develop place-making concepts and solutions for circulation (vehicular, pedestrian and bike), parking, universal access, low impact development concepts, way-finding, beautification and community character improvement. The walk audit will include one full day of one-on-one interaction and assessment of a 3×3 block area of the community’s downtown. Experts at Crafton Tull will also share a presentation with the community that will focus on accessibility in the built environment to the walk audit attendees. The presentation will discuss best practice site planning methods with respect to complete streets, accessible parking, crosswalks, sidewalks, trails, and other circulation facilities. The session will leave time for questions and answers on specific design considerations in the walk audit location. Finally, Crafton Tull will generate a brief summary and share it with community leaders.


Poverty Simulation

Community leadership, nonprofits or other organizations/groups can participate in a Poverty Simulation. The Poverty Simulation is not a game, but rather an experiential setting that allows participants to view poverty from different angles. The Poverty Simulation is intended to move participants to think about the harsh realities of poverty and to talk about how communities can address the problem. The simulation is a unique, interactive experience that helps people begin to understand what life is like with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress.


Regional Training

 The Center’s staff is searching for a community to host our next regional community and economic development training event. These events are hosted across the state and are free to attend. The selected community must have space to accommodate up to 50 community leaders, internet access, projector and screen, and catering available in the community. The Center will work with the selected community to develop an agenda that addresses the region’s key issues. These topics can range from a variety of subjects, such as: branding and marketing, site selection, workforce development, place-making, strategic planning, how to engage young leaders, infrastructure, etc. The Center will be responsible for providing all training facilitators/speakers and materials.


Student Service Projects

Looking for a group of volunteers to energize your efforts and provide fresh ideas? Center staff can work with UCA to conduct a service or project for the betterment of your community. The Center for Community & Economic Development offers a fellowship program for UCA graduates and current students. Learn more here!