UCA, UAPB partner to host training for mayors

2016-01-TAM_Masterhead-01The University of Central Arkansas (UCA) and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) partner to host the Technical Assistance for Mayors (TAM) Program, February 16-18 at the UAPB Economic Research Development Center in Pine Bluff.

Kristy Carter, TAM program administrator at UCA says, “My goal is to host each training session at institutions of higher education in an effort to build an alliance with other schools to create a system of support for our rural communities across the state.  UAPB is an ideal host location because of its commitment to community and economic development.”

“We are pleased to partner with UCA to host the technical assistance training program for mayors. It is always our goal at UAPB to serve our surrounding communities,” says Carla Martin, interim vice president for finance and administration.

So far, UCA has partnered with Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville and East Arkansas Community College in Forrest City to host the training programs for mayors.  TAM, as it is called, has educated mayors and other local elected officials from over 50 cities in the Delta.  Host institutions provide meeting space for the two-and-a-half-day training session as well as on-site and event planning support.  Next month the program will be hosted at University of Arkansas at Monticello.

TAM is a free training program for mayors and other local city officials. For more information, visit: uca.edu/cced/tam or call UCA’s Division of Outreach and Community Engagement at 501.450.3118.


The Technical Assistance for Mayors program provides mayors and other city officials training on resources provided by the state to fund housing and non-housing community and economic development projects.  TAM is sponsored by grants through the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Arkansas Community Foundation, Delta Regional Authority and Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.

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