The Western Arkansas Planning & Development District (WAPDD) recognizes the need for a pipeline of skilled workers for Western Arkansas employers that fosters growth for local companies and attracts economic investment.
The WAPDD should be the first place you turn when you have a position to fill.
As your partner, the WAPDD offer three broad categories of services that can be customized to fit the needs of each employer. These costly services are available to your company at no charge.
Labor Market Information and Assessments
Incentive programs, such as the Work Opportunity Tax Credit
Labor Market Information like market conditions and trends, leading industries, and occupational projections
Workforce analysis through employee and candidate assessments
Direct Hiring Assistance
Job orders placed through the workforce area communication channels, including JobLink
Database searches for job seekers with targeted skills, applicant referrals, and candidate screening
Curated hiring events and career fairs that fit the needs of local businesses
Access to Fort Smith & Mena Workforce Center facilities for meetings, trainings, orientations, and interviews
Dislocated Worker Taskforce
Rapid response measures in the event of a business downsizing or restructuring
Job search workshops and resources to assist employees who are in transition
Customized training and re-training services for incumbent workers, including the Career Readiness certificate program
Request an Appointment
Contact the Western Arkansas Workforce Board
1109 South 16th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901