AEDCE MemberLink
June 2019
Registration Now Open for the
2019 AEDCE Annual Conference

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).

Sponsorship packages are available!  Click here to view the sponsorship opportunities!

AEDCE is fortunate to be able to present a quality conference at an affordable cost thanks to the support from our generous sponsors. There are several opportunities available to fit every budget! Please contact Shelley Short to reserve your selection.

Visit the conference website for registration info and to book your hotel room.
AEDCE Annual Awards

Each year at the AEDCE Annual Conference, we take the opportunity to recognize exemplary leadership and service to the chamber/economic development profession. Arkansas is blessed with some amazing chamber & economic development professionals and community volunteers! We invite you to help honor their hard work and achievements.

Awards are based on nominations received from members of AEDCE and are presented in four categories:

  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Outstanding Economic Developer
  • Outstanding Chamber Executive
  • Maria Haley Lifetime Leadership for Economic Development

Awards will be presented at the AEDCE Annual Conference on Monday, August 26th in Fort Smith.

To nominate someone for an AEDCE award, please complete the nomination packet by Friday, July 5th.
AEDCE Member Spotlight
June's AEDCE
Member Spotlight is on:

  • Robert Birch with the City of North Little Rock

  • Sarah Gordley with the Springdale Chamber of Commerce
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!
2019 Breakthrough Solutions Conference   to Focus on Connecting Communities in
the 21 st  Century Economy
The 2019 Breakthrough Solutions Conference & Pre-Conference will be held on June 25 & 26 in central Arkansas. In an ever-connected global economy, successful communities are those that are connected – within their community, region, nation, and world. This conference will explore this notion of connectedness through the activities geared towards economic & community developers at the local, regional, and state level.
Leadership Arkansas

Applications for Leadership Arkansas Class XIV, a program of the State Chamber/AIA, are now being accepted through August 2. Highly motivated individuals are sought who wish to experience first-hand the dynamic interactions between cities, industries, governmental units and the people they serve. 
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.