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.
April 1 – 4 in Little Rock
We live in a data-driven-world. The advantage of enhanced-decision-making is now placed in the hands of businesses and governmental agencies who are able to nimbly monitor key indicators. If you’re looking for a “go-to” resource for accurate and essential data on Arkansas, we invite to join us on February 21st to learn more about ArkanStats!
AEDCE has amazing members and each month two members are profiled in the Member Spotlight section of the website. This month we are proud to feature Lorie Robertson and Dwayne Pratt!
The AEDCE Community Spotlight highlights something new, innovative, or noteworthy that is happening in one of our amazing Arkansas communities. This month we shine the spotlight on Lawrence County!
Located at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in Northeast Arkansas, Walnut Ridge and Lawrence County offer a wonderful quality of life. Low cost of living, economic growth, affordable housing, great public schools, low crime, and friendly people are found here! This rural area is picturesque and diverse with its rolling hills and rich Delta bottom flatlands which are ideal for its vast agriculture, poultry, and livestock production.
Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives (AEDCE) is the state’s premier association representing professional and volunteer economic developers and chamber executives in Arkansas. Previously organized as two separate entities, (Arkansas Economic Developers and Arkansas Chamber of Commerce Executives) the two associations merged in 2016 to create a stronger, more efficient, and unified alliance. AEDCE’s objective is to advance, through educational and professional efforts, the business climate and quality of life in Arkansas by the development of employment opportunities through economic growth and community development. This is accomplished through education, advocacy and our connected network of association members.
Membership in AEDCE is available to anyone with an interest in the economic and community development of Arkansas. Our membership covers all parts and aspects of the economic development and chamber industry in Arkansas, from rural to urban areas and everything in between. This allows us to provide a broad array of resources and expertise in the chamber and economic development fields.
AEDCE is a 501 (c) 6 organization that is housed at the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/AIA. The staff and board of AEDCE are dedicated to providing leadership and a vision to advance economic development and chamber professionals in Arkansas.