Logo of the Arkansas EDA COVID-19 Recovery & Resiliency Initiative.

The U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) has partnered with the Arkansas Economic Development Institute (AEDI) and the Delta Center for Economic Development at Arkansas State University (Delta Center) to create a Arkansas Recovery and Resiliency plan. The two Arkansas EDA University Centers will join forces with the eight EDA Planning and Economic Development Districts (Development Districts) in Arkansas to provide training, documentation, resources and planning for local governments, schools, small businesses, the healthcare community, manufacturing; and other entities affected by this unprecedented pandemic.

Featured Resources

ARR&R Business Continuity Plan

This document is a framework for a business's Continuity Plan to maintain operations after a disaster event.

COVID-19 Preliminary Report

This report summarizes the findings from an analysis of socioeconomic conditions in Arkansas after the first six months of the Coronavirus pandemic.

ARR&R COVID-19 Dashboard

The Dashboard is an interactive tool that compares data of Arkansas, its counties, and peer states, giving a snapshot of the pandemic's impact.

Top Ten Issues Summary

Based on discussions with working groups, the economic impact assessments and other feedback, creating regional strategic blueprints for rebuilding after the pandemic.

Statewide COVID-Response Plan Advisory Council

Jordan Bearden
Scheduler, Office of Governor Asa Hutchinson

Tad Bohannon
CEO, Central Arkansas Water

David Branscum
State Director, USDA Arkansas Rural Development

Mellie Bridewell
CEO, UAMS Rural Health Partnership

Shane Broadway
Vice President University Relations, ASU System

Whitnee Bullerwell
Deputy Director, Arkansas Municipal League

The Honorable Fran Cavenaugh
Arkansas House of Representatives

Jay Chesshir
President/CEO, Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce

Steve Clark
President/CEO, Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce

The Honorable Jackie Crabtree
Mayor, City of Pea Ridge

Tammy Davenport
Director of Constituent Services, U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford

Laura Fine
State Director, Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center

Jennifer Harland
External Affairs Manager, AEP Southwest Electrical Power Company

Mark Hayes
Executive Director, Arkansas Municipal League

Keith Hillman
Fire Chief, City of Vilonia

Robert Hopkins
Senior Vice President, St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank

The Honorable Barry Hyde
Judge, Pulaski County

Eric Jackson
Commissioner and Chair of Arkansas Parks Commission, Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism Commission

Charles Jordan
Citizen Representative

Johnny Key
Commissioner, Arkansas Department of Education

Dr. Brookshield Laurent
Clinical Director, College of Osteopathic Medicine A-State University

JD Lowery
Manager, Community and Economic Development, Electrical Cooperatives of Arkansas

Bill Luther
President and CEO, El Dorado – Union County Chamber of Commerce

The Honorable Bruce Maloch
Arkansas State Senate and Regional President/COO, Farmer’s Bank and Trust

Dr. Stacey McCullough
Assistant Director, UA System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service

Jason McGehee
District Director, U.S. Congressman Bruce Westerman

Sherrie Mitchell
Senior Casework Supervisor, U.S. Congressman Steve Womack

The Honorable Barry Moehring
Judge, Benton County

Jeff Morris
Field Representative, U.S. Senator Tom Cotton

Steve Mosher
Area Director, USDA Arkansas Rural Development

The Honorable Mat Pitsch
Arkansas State Senate

Shelley Short
Executive Director, Arkansas Economic Developers and Chamber Executives

Dr. Shane Speights
Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine A-State University

Chris Thomason
Vice President, UA System Planning and Development

Matt Twyford
Senior Manager, Arkansas Economic Development Commission Community Development

Chris Villines
Executive Director, Arkansas Association of Counties

Ryan Watley
Executive Director, Go Forward Pine Bluff

Dr. Jane Wayland
Dean, UA Little Rock College of Business

The Honorable Joseph Wood
Judge, Washington County

Mark Young
President/CEO, Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce

J.A. Young
CEO/Faith Based Business Owner, Paradigm Masters Management

Randy Zook
President/CEO, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce

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