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February 2019
Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course (MSBEDC)

Registration is now open for the 2019 Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course to be held April 1 - 4 in Little Rock. Fully accredited by IEDC, this course is designed for community leaders who participate in the process of community economic development at all scales–local, regional, state, and federal.



The course includes elected officials, government agency staff, planners, utility and transportation personnel, business leaders, real estate developers, other community volunteers, educators, and chamber or economic development organization professionals and their staff.

Scholarships are also available to Arkansas residents so please visit the course website to apply.
AEDCE Workshop
Learning about Arkanstats.com

February 21st in Little Rock
We live in a data-driven-world. The advantage of enhanced-decision-making is now placed in the hands of businesses and governmental agencies who are able to nimbly monitor key indicators. If you’re looking for a “go-to” resource for accurate and essential data on Arkansas, we invite to join us on February 21st to learn more about Arkanstats!

Arkanstats is a free and powerful new tool that’s loaded with data that drives Arkansas. In this session you will learn about the variety of relevant data housed within Arkanstats, how to access it, useful applications, and how you can have a voice in its future development.
2019 AEDCE Scholarship Info
DEADLINE IS FEB. 28th !

As one of the benefits of membership in AEDCE, a limited number of scholarships are available for members seeking to further their professional education & training.

For 2019, AEDCE is accepting applications to assist members in attending:

  • US Chamber Institute for Organization Management (IOM)
  • MAKO Conference
  • Economic Development Institute (EDI)
  • International Economic Development Council Annual Conference
  • Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Annual Convention

Awards will be made in March and can be applied retroactively to the Winter session of IOM.

To be considered for a scholarship award, please submit the application by February 28, 2019 .

Please contact  Shelley Short   with any questions.
AEDCE Member Spotlight
February's AEDCE Member Spotlight is on:

  • Lorie Robertson with Chaffee Crossing

  • Dwayne Pratt with the West Central Arkansas Planning & Development District

MAKO Conference Registration Now Open

The  MAKO Conference  is an annual conference designed for chamber of commerce professionals from Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas & Oklahoma. This four-state regional conference will be held April 14 - 16, 2019 in Branson, Missouri.

Registration is now officially open and the hotel is also accepting reservations. To learn more & register, please click the conference registration button below.

Congratulations to Susan Bulger with the Booneville/South Logan County Chamber and Tonya Baumgartner with the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce on receiving the two Arkansas first-time attendee MAKO Scholarships this year!


60th Annual DC Fly-in scheduled for May 8 - 10

The State Chamber/AIA 60th Annual Washington Fly-In & Congressional Dinner will be held May 8-10.

Events will include a Chiefs of Staff Reception, U.S. Chamber briefings, a Senate Delegation Forum, a House Delegation Forum, the Congressional Dinner & Reception and a Leadership Breakfast.

ExporTech Announces
March - June Sessions

ExporTech is a national 12 week export training and development program helping companies enter or expand in global markets. ExporTech applies a structured export strategy development process that assists 4-8 companies to accelerate growth. It is the only national program where each company develops a written export plan that is vetted by a panel of experts upon completion.

If you know of companies interested in growing their export potential, please refer them to the ExporTech training program! Contact Rudy Ortiz at AEDC for more info.

Find your "Happy Place" in Walnut Ridge &
Lawrence County

Located at the foothills of the Ozark
Mountains in Northeast Arkansas, Walnut Ridge and Lawrence County offer a wonderful quality of life. Low cost of living, economic growth, affordable housing, great public schools, low crime, and friendly people are found here! This rural area is picturesque and diverse with its rolling hills and rich Delta bottom flatlands which are ideal for its vast agriculture, poultry, and livestock production.