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Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives (AEDCE)

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.

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AEDCE Board of Directors


Welcome and thanks for stopping by the Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives (AEDCE) website. AEDCE works hard to improve the business climate and quality of life for Arkansans through several educational and professional development efforts. We are proud to create a collaborative environment for our members to share best practices, build strong relationships, and provide them with the necessary resources for our communities and regions throughout Arkansas to grow and thrive.

As the 2021 AEDCE Board Chairman, I would like to encourage you to join our efforts to retain and recruit members so we can continue to grow Arkansas on behalf of all Arkansans. If you would like to learn more, please contact AEDCE Executive Director, Shelley Short, at shelley@aedce.org.


JD Lowery
2021 Board President
Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives
Manager, Community & Economic Development, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas


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The governance of Arkansas Economic Developers and Chamber Executives is vested in a Board of Directors elected by the general membership and composed of:

  • Two Directors from each of the four Congressional Districts, duly elected by the General Membership.
  • The duly elected officers.
    • President
    • First Vice President
    • Second Vice President
    • Secretary/Treasurer
  • Two at-large directors appointed by the President.
  • Ex-Officio Members
    • Current Arkansas State Director for the Southern Economic Development Council.
    • Immediate Past President of the Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives.
    • Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
    • President/CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas.

Activities of Arkansas Economic Developers and Chamber Executives include:

  • Professional Development
  • Economic Development Training
  • Conferences
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Advocacy
  • Sharing of Economic Development and Chamber of Commerce News

Click here to download a copy of the AEDCE Bylaws