The Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives (AEDCE) Annual Conference is the premier annual gathering of economic development and chamber professionals in Arkansas. This conference is THE place for chamber professionals and economic developers to gain classroom knowledge as well as glean wisdom from their peers while building their professional network.

Conference Location &
Hotel Information:

The Chancellor Hotel
70 N. East Avenue
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 442-5555

$89 per night room block
Room block available through August 10th.

Registration Fees:
$250 AEDCE Member Rate (Early Registration)
Regular rate will be $300 after July 31, 2018

$350 Nonmember Pricing (Early Registration)
Regular rate will be $400 after July 31, 2018

One-day Pricing:
$150 Member
$225 Nonmember



This event is recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a professional development event that counts towards the recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs).

Please contact Shelley Short at or 501.210.4206 with any questions regarding the AEDCE Annual Conference.  See you in Fayetteville!


Post-Conference Add-On Sessions



1:00 PM – 3:00 PM following the conclusion of the conference.

Option 1: Site Location Consultant Round Table ($150 per person)

Special opportunity to participate in a small Round Table discussion with three site selection consultants. This conference add-on session is open to 25 individuals on a first come, first served basis (limited to 2 from each organization).

Join our conference site selector panel for an in-depth small group discussion about top business location factors including talent/workforce development, incentives, infrastructure, technology, and the impact of opportunity zones, tax reform, and federal tariffs. Also, up for conversation is Arkansas’s competitiveness and what they see as their clients’ biggest needs going into the next decade.

Site Location Consultants:
Ann Petersen, Sr. Director │ Cushman & Wakefield
Chris Volney, Managing Director │ Newmark Knight Frank Global Corporate Services
Robert DiSerafino, Sr. Associate │ KPMG Global Location & Expansion Services

Option 2: Intentional Membership Growth ($50 per person)

Seminar Leader: Shari Pash, Strategic Solutions for Growth

Multi-tasking and juggling priorities is a way of life in your chamber. How do you simplify steps for signing new members and strengthening retention?

In this session, we will discuss and learn about the key areas of focus for membership growth. Also, provides an overview on how to implement and utilize the steps of the recruitment/sales process.

Proven steps that will successfully increase your ability to sign new members. Walk away with tips and tools for a solid foundation for membership activity that results in recruitment and retention success