AEDCE MemberLink
May 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
Member Spotlight is on:

  • Mark Young, CEcD with the Jonesboro Regional Chamber & Jonesboro Unlimited

  • Stacey McCullough with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture - Extension

Glenn Shephard Webinar

How to Bring Million Dollar Marketing to Your
Chamber...Even If You're on a Shoestring Budget

Glenn Shephard is one of the chamber world's best known resources for management training, human resources development, and organizational marketing. To give back to the chamber world, he is offering a  FREE   90-minute live webinar that will t   each you the 10 direct-response marketing principles that have helped the best chambers in America move from good to great.

When:   Wednesday, June 12th from 10AM - 11:30AM (CST)

Cost:   FREE and available to Arkansas Chamber & EDO professionals ONLY!

You must register to attend this webinar - instructions on how to join will be sent after registration prior to the event.
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.
CDI Downtown
Comeback Presentation
July 30th

AS SEEN ON  HGTV’S HOMETOWN ! Mallorie and Jim Rasberry and Josh Nowell believe it takes a town to save a town. They will share how community-wide preservation, promotion, and economic development efforts led to the revitalization of their hometown of Laurel, Mississippi. Let their story be the spark that energizes your own community’s comeback story! Mallorie, Jim, and Josh will be the CDI 2019 keynote speakers, but will also be joining us for a special after-hours community presentation

AEDCE Resource Spotlight

Strategic Planning in
4 Hours or Less

Bill Graham
Graham Corporate Communications
Bill Graham is on the faculty of the US Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Organization Management , the Council of State Government’s leadership programs for legislators, and he has served on the faculties of New York University’s Tisch School for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management, and Seton Hall University’s Leadership Communication program.

2020 Census
Arkansas Counts!

The 2020 US Census is coming soon! The Arkansas Counts Committee is working to provide resources available to community leaders to ensure a complete count! Click the link below to check out what's new and sign-up for updates on the 2020 Census.

Delta Regional Authority
Delta Workforce Program

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) Delta Workforce Program is an initiative designed to build long-term community capacity and increase economic competitiveness across the Mississippi River Delta region and Alabama Black Belt.

Grant opportunities are available for DRA Communities and two Technical Assistance Workshops will be held in June to equip potential applicants with tools and resources necessary to develop and implement comprehensive workforce development programs.