City of Little Rock Notice of Explanation of Project Located in a 100-Year Floodplain per 44 CFR 9.12 (e)

The City of Little Rock has determined that there is not a practical alternative to locating the proposed FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program project for the installation of a modular community safe room at the Ottenheimer Therapeutic Recreation Center (7201 Dahlia) in a floodplain. The improvements must be located in the floodplain because the majority of the Ottenheimer Therapeutic Recreation Center site is within a floodplain. The modular safe room will be installed at least 2 feet above the base flood elevation and to the 500-year event, so will not be subject to flooding during a 100-year (base flood) event.

Alternatives considered: No action. This would mean no safe room would be located at the Ottenheimer Therapeutic Recreation Center and those community members using the site (or otherwise nearby) would have no protection from tornadoes or severe weather.

The proposed project conforms to applicable state and local floodplain protection standards; and will not affect the floodplain.

Further information regarding the implementation and monitoring of the proposed action can be obtained from Matt Burks, City of Little Rock Emergency Management Administrator at 501-569-4131. A map of the area is available at or below.

Ottenheimer FIRM

 By publication of this Notice, the City of Little Rock is inviting any final comments prior to undertaking the proposed action in a flood plain.

All comments must be addressed to Amanda Adaire, Program Manager, Central Arkansas Planning and Development District This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. PO Box 300, Lonoke, AR 72086 or 501-676-2721 no later than June 10, 2018.

Delta Regional Authority Funding Annoucement

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) has announced the 2018 States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP) invitation for projects.  Central Arkansas Planning and Development District (CAPDD) is the front-line project manager and administrator for DRA in the four (4) distressed and eligible counties in Central Arkansas:  Prairie, Pulaski, Lonoke and Monroe, as well as any non-distressed DRA counties. While priority is given to distressed counties, all counties within the DRA’s footprint are eligible to apply for SEDAP funding. DRA counties are listed at CAPDD is charged with the responsibility of providing technical and application assistance for the DRA 2018 SEDAP applicants in the funding process.

The States’ Economic Development Assistance Program may be used to fund projects for basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, business development including entrepreneurship, and workforce development and training. Projects must be located in the 252 counties and parishes served by the Delta Regional Authority. Priority is given to projects that demonstrate innovation and small business focus, a regional approach, multiple funding partners, and emergency need.

Counties, cities and non-profit agencies within Prairie, Pulaski, Lonoke and Monroe Counties and applicants within non-distressed DRA counties interested in submitting an application to the Delta Regional Authority are encouraged to contact Conya Spencer regarding eligibility and grant assistance at 501-676-2721 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The process for application submission is through a web-based electronic application that can be found at All applications must be submitted to CAPDD through this website by Friday, June 29, 2018. Applications are reviewed in order received and will be grouped into Tier 1 (a,b,c), Tier 2 and “not eligible” categories based on the priority criteria met.  For more information, the DRA 2018 SEDAP Administrative Program Manual and Eligibility Clarification Notes are available at

Rodney Larsen,
Executive Director

Guy Receives Rural Services Block Grant

Guy RSBG Grant Award 10.2016

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Alex Johnston, Rural Services Director

For Immediate Release

Guy Receives Rural Services Block Grant

 Little Rock, AR: Governor Asa Hutchinson, AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston, AEDC VP of Operations Amy Fecher and Rural Services Director Alex Johnston presented $971,204.94 to 14 rural communities selected for funding through the Rural Services Block Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2017. The grant awards were distributed October 13th at an awards ceremony held in the Governor’s Reception Room at the Arkansas State Capitol.