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The Arkansas Development Society is an education non-profit organization whose purpose is to advance community development and the community development profession. Come join us as we discuss attributes of a strong community, with special emphasis in the most important asset, our human capacity. We will include sessions to focus on our own strengths, both physically and mentally. Come dressed comfortably as there will be movement involved and a relaxed atmosphere that will help us connect with ourselves and each other. As we grow as individuals, our combined strengths grow exponentially. Please share with others that might be interested.

Thank you to our 2023 sponsors!

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If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please click here for more details.

submit your award nominations by March 31st.


8:00 a.m.           Registration & Breakfast Begins

8:30 a.m.           ACDS Annual Meeting

9:00 a.m.           Welcome

9:15 a.m.            What Makes for a Strong Community, Layne Ragsdale

10:30 a.m.          Outdoor Arkansas – Taking Advantage of our Natural State

11:30 p.m.          Lunch and ACDS Awards

1:00 p.m.           Using Mindfulness to Our Health Benefit – Kerrie Lauck, Klauckwork

2:30 p.m.           What is your B12? – Nakia Williams, Williams Consulting

3:30 p.m.           Closing Remarks

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