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January 2020
Welcome to 2020! A new decade deserves a new design for the AEDCE Newsletter! We are excited to bring you information you need as an economic development or chamber professional in a new format organized for quick access to training opportunities, resources, and articles of interest. We hope you enjoy this new enhancement and also our upcoming offerings for 2020 including:

  • In-state Benchmarking Trips
  • 2020 Chamber/EDO Operations Survey
  • Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course
  • Topical webinars and workshops
  • Chamber Software Training
  • AEDCE Annual Conference - Jonesboro (August 23 - 25)
  • New Chamber Professional Boot Camp

As always, if we can be of help to you, please don't hesitate to reach out to Shelley Short , Executive Director of AEDCE or to any of the 2020 AEDCE Board Members .
Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course
April 6 - 9, Little Rock
Accredited by the International Economic Development Council, the Mid-South BEDC 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.

MAKO Conference
April 19 - 21, Branson
The MAKO Conference brings together chamber professionals from a 4-state region offering personal and professional development resources through keynote presentations, specialized conference sessions, networking opportunities with other chamber pros across the region.

Arkansas Festival & Event Association Conference
January 29 - 31, Eureka Springs

If you run a festival or event in Arkansas, make plans to attend the AFEA Conference later this month in Eureka Spring featuring a great lineup of speakers focused on helping you improve your local event.

Governor's Conference on Tourism
March 1 - 3, Fort Smith

The 46th Annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism will be held in Fort Smith, Arkansas, March 1st-3rd, 2020 and we would like to invite you to be a part of it. This conference brings together the best and brightest in tourism and hospitality come from all parts of The Natural State. The theme this year is “Tourism takes Grit” – and will focus on the grit that it takes to succeed in business and in life. Tourism is a key economic driver all around the state in cities big and small.

AR State Chamber Legislative Reception
April 14, Little Rock
4:30pm - 6:30pm

Make plans to join the Arkansas State Chamber/AIA at their Annual Legislative Reception on April 14th. Although this is a Fiscal Session year, you don't want to miss the opportunity to network and visit with Arkansas General Assembly members, policymakers, and governmental affairs representatives. No sign-up is needed. We will see you under the BIG TENT!
Leadercast 2020
Positive Disruption
May 7, North Little Rock

Save the date for this inaugural offering from the State Chamber of Leadercast 2020, one of the world's largest simulcast leadership development experiences featuring world-renown change makers from business, entertainment, publishing, finance, and more. CPU credits are available and an excellent way to bring together your team for a leadership experience you won't forget.
2020 AEDCE Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted for 2020 AEDCE Scholarships. This is an excellent way to further your career and get the training you need to enhance your professional growth. Deadline to apply is February 28th, so get those applications in soon!


Small Business Resource Guide
How to Grow Your Business in Arkansas

The US Small Business Administration has made available an electronic resource that would be great for chambers and EDOs to have on hand for their members and others looking to grow their business. Great information on funding, local business assistance programs, and contracting requirements are included in the guide.

FREE Resource for Employers
Together Arkansas
Opioid Response Initiative
Maintaining a drug-free workforce is critical to Arkansas's economic success both from a business recruitment/expansion angle and local community development. Please consider sharing these FREE tools with your members to aid them in developing a drug-free workplace program and to join in the fight against the opioid epidemic in Arkansas. Visit Together Arkansas
Check out these noteworthy articles, websites, or news stories highlighting economic development/chamber trends. Feel free to share anything you've found that might be of interest to other AEDCE members.