Leadership in Arkansas
Arkansas is no longer isolated -- its boundaries now extend around the world as national and international forces profoundly affect life in our state.
When the Land Grant Colleges were formed in 1862 and 1890, they were called "people's colleges" because they provided practical education for a broad spectrum of people. This included a commitment to teaching people information about particular technical subjects, as well as the leadership and organizational skills to get things done in their communities and improve their quality of life.
Community and Economic Development's commitment to this worthy goal continues today. Leadership programs enhance the leadership abilities of citizens throughout Arkansas.
Programs & Resources
The Lead Arkansas (LeadAR) program is a two year life-changing event for emerging Arkansas leaders from rural and urban communities. Our goal is to increase participants’ knowledge and understanding of the economic and social changes affecting our state through the practical application of leadership skills and development of expertise to address critical problems facing their communities. Learn more
Community and Economic Development (CED) conducts research and provides educational outreach for creating vibrant, sustainable and resilient communities. Learn more
Community and Economic Development (CED) provides educational programs and technical assistance to strengthen Arkansas leaders. Learn more