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August 2019
It's almost time for the AEDCE Annual Conference!
Registration will close on August 22nd so register today!

The Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives (AEDCE) Annual Conference is the premier annual gathering of economic development and chamber professionals in Arkansas. This conference is THE place for chamber professionals and economic developers to gain classroom knowledge as well as glean wisdom from their peers while building their professional network.

This year's conference will be held August 25 - 27 in historic Fort Smith, Arkansas! We are very excited to be back in Fort Smith and have some wonderful sessions and conference activities and events planned! 

Events at the AEDCE Annual Conference include the Annual AEDCE Awards Luncheon, Golf Tournament (additional fee), Networking Building Reception (Monday evening), the State of the State Breakfast featuring Mike Preston, and insightful general and breakout sessions tailored for the chamber or economic development professional (conference sessions will begin Monday morning, August 26th, and conclude on Tuesday afternoon, August 27th).

AEDCE is fortunate to be able to present a quality conference at an affordable cost thanks to the support from our generous sponsors.

THANK YOU to all of this year's amazing sponsors!
AEDCE Member Spotlight
August AEDCE Member Spotlight is on:

  • Jennifer Harland with Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO)

  • Steve Clark, IOM, CFE with the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce
The State Chamber announces its 2019 Door-to-Door Meeting Schedule. Please make plans to attend the meeting closest to you! There is no cost to attend the meeting but reservations are required.
Drawing upon the success of last year's New Chamber Professional Boot Camp, AEDCE will host a 1.5 day event on October 29th & 30th for anyone that is new to the chamber profession. More details coming soon!
Arkansas Development Tool Box Access to Capital Seminar
A Resource Seminar Designed for Private, Public, Business, Commercial, Community and Economic Developers

The Newport Economic Development Commission along with several community partners is hosting a  FREE Arkansas Development Tool Box - Access to Capital Seminar on September 5th in Newport.

Registration is required - email to sign-up!
The Arkansas State Chamber/AIA will host their Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 6th in Little Rock. Please contact Bill Watson about sponsorship opportunities or individual ticket sales for AEDCE members!
Arkansas Tax Conference
November 19th

The Arkansas Tax Conference brings together senior administrators, in-house experts, and leading practitioners for an in-depth look at Arkansas taxes. The program offers a review of 2019 tax legislation and recent developments, breakout sessions to focus on specific tax types, and a discussion of trends and changes in the tax environment going forward. 
Legislation Passed During 92 nd General Assembly Takes Effect

Laws passed during the 2019 92 nd Arkansas General Assembly took effect July 24, 91 days after the session adjourned, unless they contained an emergency clause that allowed their implementation immediately or by a specific date.

Click the button below for the full AR State Chamber Legislative Summary.
Governor’s Quality Award Celebration Banquet Set for Sept. 12 at Little Rock Marriott
The 2019 Governor’s Quality Award Celebration Banquet will be held Sept 12 at the Little Rock Marriott. It will begin with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards presentation beginning at 6 p.m.

Join the celebration of Arkansas’ high-performing organizations at the 2019 Governor’s Quality Award Celebration Banquet, hosted by the Arkansas Institute for Performance Excellence.