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Arkansas Department
of Rural Services

101 East Capitol, Suite 202
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Call Toll Free: 1-888-787-2527
In Little Rock: 501-682-6011
Fax: 501-682-6014
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Arkansas Planning and Development District - The planning districts provide many services including grant writing and administration for economic development projects in Arkansas.

Arkansas Resource Catalog & Investment Opportunities Profile This informational catalog was published in 2000 by the Arkansas Department of Rural Services and the Little Rock Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Federal Grant Programs

Arkansas Economic Development Commission

Arkansas State Police

USDA Rural Development

Rural Health

Arkansas Forestry Commission

Arkansas Capital Corporation Group

University of Central Arkansas' Community Development Institute (CDI)

DRA State's Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP)

Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities

The Center for Economic Development Education at the Institute of Economic Advancement at UALR provides a slide show presentation regarding the role of elected officials in economic development.  This slide show was presented at our 2012 Rural Development Conference in Eureka Springs.  It provides a broad overview of the role of local elected officials considering the development of an economic development effort and/or to help further explain how local elected officials can improve their program in economic development.

Click here to view the slide show.

Davis Playgrounds - Click here to e-mail for information about playground equipment for your community.

Smart911 - Arkansas has adopted Smart911 statewide - allowing for better location services and emergency response to rural addresses.  Click here for a brochure on how it works or go to their website for more information.