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March 2020
Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course
April 6 - 9, Little Rock

* Only 2 spots are still open for this course - if attending, register today!
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.
Thank you to this year's sponsors of the
Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course!
Benchmark Northwest Arkansas
May 28 & 29

AEDCE Members Only Event
AEDCE has initiated a new program for 2020 that will provide you the opportunity to benchmark (borrow ideas and concepts from successful communities and mold them to fit into yours for continued success!) with some great Arkansas regions along with your friends and peers from across this great state!

Our first visit will be to Northwest Arkansas on May 28 & 29. The chambers in NW Arkansas are serving as the regional hosts and topics and locations to be included in this trip will be:

  • Regional Host Best Practices Panel
  • Technology/Innovation
  • Tourism Development
  • Downtown Development
  • Higher Education
  • Art & Culture
  • Networking Opportunities
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.

2020 Arkansas Economic Development Foundation Luncheon - April 21st

The Arkansas Economic Development Foundation (AEDF) will host a luncheon on April 21st in Little Rock featuring the President & CEO of Georgia-Pacific, Christian Fischer.

AEDF exists to to support existing industry and attract jobs and new business to Arkansas. This is accomplished through many activities including research, site visits, and recruitment support through the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC).  

Click here for the Sponsorship Packet and for more info, please contact Kassie Rinearson at 501.377.4434 or
Arkansas State Chamber/AIA
Arkansas State Society
DC Fly-In
May 13 - 15

Please make plans to join the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/AIA and the Arkansas State Society for the annual DC Fly-In scheduled for May 13 - 15.

To view the agenda, sponsorship packet, and registration info click

For questions about the Fly-In, please contact Andrew Parker.
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, Little Rock

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

9th speaker just announced - Earvin "Magic" Johnson! Group discounts available!

Coronavirus - 19 Resources
In the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, the Arkansas State Chamber has a dedicated resource page on its website to help with questions about the virus and how it impacts the business community. Please feel free to share with your members.

Vote for Roads. Vote for Issue 1.
AEDCE is proud to support and endorse the campaign to pass Issue 1 on the November 2020 ballot. We encourage other Arkansas chambers of commerce and economic development organizations to do the same.

Every city in Arkansas will be negatively impacted if this measure does not pass. To see what's at stake where you live, please click here.

If your chamber/EDO has passed a support resolution, please email that to Shelley in the AEDCE office.
2020 AEDCE Chamber Operations Survey
Chamber Executives - You should have received an email with a link to complete the 2020 Arkansas Chamber Operations Survey.

If you haven't already, please complete the survey ASAP! Thank you!

If you need to have the link resent to you, please contact Shelley in the AEDCE office.
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.

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