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
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 Alicia Gillen and Jason Brown!
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 Fort Smith!
No matter your reason for choosing Fort Smith as home, the region welcomes you with its scenic views, affordable living, business opportunities, and much more. The Fort Smith region is a perfect combination of old and new, where history is embraced and celebrated, but its future is clearly on the horizon. With manufacturing and technology growth at places like ProPak, Mars Petcare and more, to educational opportunities at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith and the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education, Fort Smith provides opportunities in a wide variety of areas.
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.