Membership Center | Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives

Membership Center

Become A Member

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.

Benefits of Membership

  • Professional Development and Training including:
    • Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course held yearly in April
    • AEDCE Annual Conference held in August
    • New Chamber Professional Boot Camp held yearly in the fall
    • Benchmarking best practices visits
    • Workshops & seminars tailored for the economic developer & chamber professional
  • Executive mentoring, network building and peer-to-peer idea sharing and best practices
  • Members only information including the AEDCE Membership Directory and member discounts to events
  • Scholarships to training opportunities to enhance the career of the chamber or economic development professional
  • MemberLink, the AEDCE newsletter and other e-communications
  • Resource library and customized technical assistance on a variety of topics including operational issues, economic development taxes & incentives, site development, board relations, staffing, and workforce development.
  • Legislative advocacy 

Chamber - EDO

Member dues are tiered based on the total revenues of the organization. For this dues payment, all employees listed by the chamber/EDO are covered as a member of AEDCE.


Total Revenues of Chamber/EDO AEDCE Dues Amount
Volunteer Chamber (no paid executive/director) $100
Up to $100,000 $250
$100,001-$500,000 $500
$500,000-$750,000 $1,000
$750,000-$1M $1,500
$1M+ $2,250

Corporate - Organization

Corporations and other organizations may determine the number of memberships they desire in AEDCE. Discounted rates apply to multiple memberships based on the table below.


Number of
Memberships
AEDCE Dues Amount
1-3 Memberships $300 per membership
4-7 Memberships $250 per membership
8-10 Memberships $225 per membership
Unlimited (must work at the same organization) $5,000

Elected Officials - Retired Professionals

Available to all elected officials retired professionals at $200 per person. Any other individual memberships will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis. 


Membership Type AEDCE Dues Amount
Elected Official $200 per person
Retired Professionals $200 per person

Member Spotlight

Cari White, CCE IOM

Executive Vice President /Chief Operating Officer

Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce

Cari White is the executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is responsible for programs, events and committees and is the director of the...

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Flave J. Carpenter

Customer Service Representative

Entergy Arkansas

Flave Carpenter is a Customer Service Manager with Entergy Arkansas, LLC. Over his 24 years with Entergy, he has also served as Trade Show Manager and as a Community Development Consultant. In his cur...

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Award Recognition

  • Outstanding Economic Developer

    This award recognizes the economic development professional who has attained outstanding achievement in the economic development profession as demonstrated by significant achievements in his/her community, region, and state over the course of his/her career to include the number of jobs created, capital investment, professionalism, training and education, service to AEDCE and other professional organizations, service to economic development colleagues, and a desire to advance the economic development profession.

    The 2019 Recipient is Kristi Barr of the Little Rock Regional Chamber.

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  • Outstanding Chamber Executive

    This award recognizes the chamber of commerce professional who has attained outstanding achievement in the chamber of commerce profession as demonstrated by significant achievements in his/her community, region, and state over the course of his/her career to include professionalism, experience, training and education, service to AEDCE and other professional organizations, service to chamber colleagues, and a desire to advance the chamber of commerce profession.

    The 2019 Recipient is Graham Cobb, IOM, of the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce.

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  • Volunteer of the Year

    The Volunteer of the Year award recognizes those that have played a significant role in the economic development efforts of a community from a volunteer/unpaid standpoint. AEDCE considers anyone who is not employed as a full-time economic developer as an eligible nominee for the Volunteer of the Year award.

    The 2019 Recipient is Jason Green with ABB of Fort Smith.

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  • Maria Haley Lifetime Leadership for Economic Development

    This award recognizes a volunteer or paid economic development practitioner that is considered to be a premier leader in the field. Recipients are well-regarded and acknowledged for their long-standing commitment to the economic development profession. The Maria Haley Lifetime Leadership for Economic Development Award is the highest honor one can receive from AEDCE.

    The 2019 Recipient is Sue McGowan, IOM, of the Paragould Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Corporation of Paragould.

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Professional Certifications

  • Certified Economic Developers (CEcD)

    The Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) program is the leading economic development industry designation and is accredited through by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Those holding a CEcD designation are key leaders in the field demonstrating a breadth of knowledge to perform at the top level in the profession.

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  • Certified Chamber Executive (CCE)

    The Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) program is designed to assess the four core components of the chamber Body of Knowledge: management; planning and development; membership, communications, and revenue; and operations. CCEs exemplify commitment to the chamber of commerce profession, dedication to managerial and leadership excellence, and leadership in state, regional, and national chamber professional associations. The CCE program is administered by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).

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  • Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED)

    Graduates of the Community Development Institute (CDI), a three-year community and economic development training program with one week of training per year, are eligible to sit for the Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED) exam for certification. The PCED is administered through the Community Development Council (CDC).

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  • Institute for Organization Management (IOM)

    The Institute for Organization Management (IOM) is designed to enhance individual performance, elevate professional standards, and recognize association, chamber of commerce, and other nonprofit professionals demonstrating the knowledge essential to the practice of nonprofit management. It is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

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  • Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP)

    The Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) Certification Program is a rigorous, four-course training series that explores the skills essential for the successful practice of economic development – business credit and real estate finance analysis techniques, loan packaging procedures, negotiating and problem solving skills and deal structuring techniques. The EDFP program is administered through the National Development Council.

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