Our Community Development Projects


Our Communities

ArkLaMec Marketing and Policy Recommendations

Louisiana and Arkansas

Representatives from transportation and logistics, education, private sector, local elected officials, and state agencies came together to address marketing the multimodal transportation infrastructure for value-added job creation for the ArkLaMec corridor (five counties in Southeast Arkansas and five parishes in Northeast Louisiana). Additionally, four FEMA flooding and storm declarations were historically documented to help develop policy recommendations on how to lessen the impact of breaks in the region’s economic supply chain.

Thrive Hempstead Co. Five‑Year Strategic Plan

Hempstead County, Arkansas

Nearly one hundred civic-minded citizens from the county gathered once a month over a six-month period to develop goals to revitalize their community. Armed with the slogan “Thrive Hempstead,” committees proposed over 20 recommendations to address systemic challenges facing the county. These recommendations were designed to create sustainable economic growth, stronger tourism offerings, a higher and more attractive quality of life standard, and a better education system.

Building for a Better Tomorrow

Mayflower, Arkansas

A community recovery plan was developed with citizen input and the support from state and federal agencies in response to the April 2014 tornado that tore through the city The UA Community Design Center worked with the community to design a rebuild plan.

Planning for a More Resilient City

Vilonia, Arkansas

A community recovery plan was developed with citizen input and the support of state and federal agencies, as well as AEDI staff and the UA Community Design Center. This was done in response to the destruction from the April 2014 tornado that ripped through the city.

Go Forward Pine Bluff

Pine Bluff, Arkansas

A cross-section of local citizens came together through “Go Forward Pine Bluff” to create over 20 implementable recommendations that address Pine Bluff’s greatest challenges and “move the needle” on ongoing efforts to make the city vibrant again.

GFPB became a 501(c)(3) that continues to implement sustainable strategies and a transparent and accountable structure for keeping citizens informed.

Southwest Little Rock

Little Rock, Arkansas

Perceptions that the southwest section of the capitol city is a dirty and dangerous part of town is a false narrative which local residences, property owners’ associations, and the Southwest Little Rock Business Alliance decided to address. This was accomplished by joining forces with AEDI and applying data to show that SWLR is a place to “Live, Work, Play, and Invest.”

Think Big Little Rock

Little Rock, Arkansas

TBLR was a project aimed at identifying challenges and opportunities to attract and retain young professionals in Little Rock. Participants tackled key urban issues, like arts and cultural opportunities viewed as crucial to attracting and retaining young professionals. Members invested more than 5,000 hours and developed 28 recommendations supporting its vision.

Yellville Strategic Plan

Yellville, Arkansas

This small town is like no other with a unique quality of life that offers a safe and secure environment, great schools and beautiful, well-protected natural assets. Collaborating with the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District allowed us to work with Yellville on an action plan for the future.


April Campbell
Community Economic Development Specialist
(501) 569-8551


Reynolds Building
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 S. University Avenue
Little Rock, AR  72204-1099