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Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives (AEDCE)

Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives (AEDCE) is the statewide professional association representing 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.  Membership is available to anyone with an interest in the economic and community development of Arkansas. 

AEDCE Mission Statement: To enhance the professional development of our membership and to advocate for community and economic development benefiting the citizens of Arkansas.

AEDCE Objective: To increase the effectiveness of economic developers and chamber professionals in Arkansas by encouraging cooperation, exchange of information, and promotion of professional skills.

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AEDCE Board of Directors


Welcome to the Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives (AEDCE) website. AEDCE strives to improve the business climate and quality of life for Arkansans through several educational and professional development programs. 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 2023 AEDCE Board President, I would like to encourage you to join our efforts to retain and recruit members, attend association events and take advantage of the educational programs offered, so we can continue to grow our communities and stay competitive in Arkansas. If you would like to learn more, please contact AEDCE Executive Director, Candice Lawrence, at candice@aedce.org.


Nancy Lee McNew, CEcD, PCED

Vice President | Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County, Arkansas

2023 Board President | Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives


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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