Central Arkansas Planning and Development District (CAPDD) is proud to announce and welcome Trevor Villines as the new Regional Economic Recovery Coordinator.
Villines is a lifelong resident of Benton, AR, 2015 graduate of Benton High School and 2019 graduate of the Sam Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Villines will be responsible for working with communities & local governments to develop and implement an economic recovery & resiliency plan in response to the COVID-19 generated crisis. The overall goal of the effort will be to rebuild resilient and sustainable local economies throughout the communities of CAPDD’s six county district. The economic recovery & resiliency plan will be aligned and incorporated with CAPDD’s 2019 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).
As part of his new position, Villines will serve as liaison between local, state and federal partners in an effort to speed up the response process for the most impacted communities of the district, and will work to facilitate the implementation of locally generated disaster recovery economic development projects.
Input from cities, counties and business in CAPDD’s district will be quintessential in identifying and developing projects and plans to positively respond to COVID-19 as well as preparing for future pandemics. These plans will be developed with financial support from the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Cares Act Supplemental noncompetitive grant program.
Additionally, small business will have the opportunity to receive financial assistance from CAPDD in the form of a low interest loan that will alleviate the sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by COVID-19.
These funds will be made available with supplemental Revolving Loan Funds provided by the EDA’s CARES Act Recovery Assistance.
Trevor Villines can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org