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September 2018
AEDCE Conference Snapshots
The 2018 AEDCE Annual Conference was held August 26 - 28 in Fayetteville. We had over 200 participants in this year's conference and heard from amazing speakers and panelists on a wide variety of topics effecting economic development and chamber professionals. Thanks to everyone that attended and for helping make the conference a success!
Site Selector Panel
Diversity & Inclusion Session
Tax Reform Panel
Membership Seminar
Site Selector Round Table
Governor Asa Hutchinson
Sue McGowan & Kevin Sexton
Golf Tourney Winners
Network Building
Reception Fun!
Bryan Scoggins
Pinball Tourney Winner!
Photo: Steve Cox, Mike Maulden, Crystal Johnson, Jim Petty, Mike Harvey
AEDCE Honors Chamber & Economic Development Professionals

AEDCE was pleased to honor four award recipients at this year's Annual Conference in Fayetteville:

  • Steve Cox - Outstanding Economic Developer
  • Mike Maulden - Maria Haley Lifetime Leadership for Economic Development
  • Crystal Johnson - Outstanding Chamber Executive
  • Jim Petty - Volunteer of the Year
Issue 1/Lawsuit Reform Amendment
AEDCE Endorses Issue 1

Issue 1 is the most important economic development related item on the 2018 ballot. To enhance Arkansas's competitiveness, we need your support to win in November.

Local Chamber Endorsements:

Mountain Home

To add your chamber's name to this list, contact Carl Vogelpohl
AEDCE Member Spotlight!!

Travis Stephens with the City of Bella Vista andNacole Sweeny with the Harrisburg Area Chamber of Commerce

What's New in... Cabot?

This month’s feature, “Cabot, On the Move” profiles Cabot, a bedroom community of Little Rock with advantages of its own! With recent infrastructure and quality of life upgrades, Cabot is projected to increase its population by 3% in the next few years. It’s definitely a community on the move! 

AEDCE Resource Guide

Did you know that AEDC has a blog and podcast series? It's a great way to keep up with economic development happenings in the state as well as trends in the industry.

State Chamber Tax Seminars

The State Chamber and partners will host three tax seminars this fall across the state. This half-day program will highlight federal tax reform, state tax reform tax force discussions, newly developed opportunity zones, sales tax nexus, business taxes and incentives, what sovereign immunity means for taxpayers, and more.

Please feel free to share this information with your members!

Business Cybersecurity &
Fraud Seminar

While cybersecurity is a concern among all businesses, the majority of all targeted cyberattacks in the past year were directed at small and mid-sized businesses.

Manufacturing Solutions, a department of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Existing Business Resource Division, will host a cybersecurity and fraud seminar focused on businesses. The event will be held Wednesday, September 12th  at the Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce.

Save the Date!

Arkansas State Chamber/AIA Annual Meeting

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson will be the featured speaker at the State Chamber/AIA 90th Annual Meeting, which will be held Wednesday, November 14 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Age of Agility Summit

This event will present insights and perspectives from business, education, and policy leaders on what the future of work means for restructuring the way we deliver education - helping us crowdsource strategies and solutions to take action within our state and across the country.
The event will be held Thursday, September 27th in Little Rock.

Save the Date!

Arkansas Economic Development Foundation Luncheon

AEDF will hold a luncheon on Wednesday, January 30th in Little Rock at the Statehouse Convention Center. The featured speaker will be John Furner, CEO of Sam's Club. More details to be released soon!

For more info, contact Becky Rogers at Entergy Arkansas.