Preconference Activities

10:30AM

Golf Outing - Sponsored by Nabholz

Tee times starting at 10:30 AM - 2-man Scramble
$47 per golfer - includes greens fee, tax, cart, and range balls
Country Club of Arkansas
3 Country Club Circle
Maumelle, AR 72113

1:00 PM

Tour of Amazon's LIT1 facility - Limited to 25 total attendees - Must be a member of AEDCE to attend and provide your own transportation

Amazon - LIT1
7001 Zueber Road
Little Rock, AR 72206

AEDCE Board of Directors Meeting

Hoffman

AT&T Hospitality Suite

Presidential Suite - Room 1915

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Outside of Salons A, B, C

Conference Welcome

Salon A

General SessionKeynoteAmazon
Tonya Hallett

Salon A

  • Tonya Hallett (Vice President, People eXperience Technology (PXT) at Amazon)

    Tonya Hallett

    Vice President, People eXperience Technology (PXT) at Amazon
Networking Break

Sponsored by Wynne Economic Development

Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Julie Allen, PCEDJon Chadwell, CEcDRush DeaconJennifer Emerson, EDFPMichele Linch, PhDSarah McBroomBentley Story, CEcDKevin Tipton

Option 1: Show Me the Money! What you should know about economic development funding options | Salon A
EB-5, Discretionary & Statutory Incentives, Economic Development Sales Taxes, PILOT Agreements, and federal grant programs are tools in the economic developer's toolkit to help make a good project even better, but how do they work? This session will explore different financial options that economic development practitioners should know about to better their community and secure their next investment.

Option 2: Career Blade Arkansas: Local chambers of commerce can now connect business and industry with their future workforce through meaningful school engagement | Hoffman

Join us to learn how Career Blade provides local chambers an opportunity to improve their value to current and prospective members by increasing the visibility and awareness of chamber members to their future workforce. By completing a short survey, chamber members’ business information will appear in Career Blade Arkansas resources that support regional and statewide workforce development at the K-12 grade levels and promote meaningful school engagement. Funded by the Arkansas Department of Education and in partnership with the Arkansas Public School Resource Center, Career Blade is a free resource for chambers, businesses and schools.

Option 3: Project Equity: Why Employee Ownership Is Economic Development’s Best-Kept Secret | Manning
Did you know that half of the businesses in your community are likely owned by business-owners that are at or nearing retirement age, many at risk of closure without an exit plan? At the same time, businesses are struggling to retain their workforce like never before amidst the “great resignation.” Join this session to learn more about employee ownership and practical ways economic developers can apply it to strengthen and retain local businesses, lower workforce turnover, and build stronger, more resilient local economies.

  • Julie Allen, PCED (Director of Newport Area Chamber of Commerce)

    Julie Allen, PCED

    Director of Newport Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Jon Chadwell, CEcD (Director of Newport Economic Development Commission)

    Jon Chadwell, CEcD

    Director of Newport Economic Development Commission
  • Rush Deacon (Sr. VP, Special Projects at Arkansas Capital Corporation)

    Rush Deacon

    Sr. VP, Special Projects at Arkansas Capital Corporation
  • Jennifer Emerson, EDFP (Deputy Director & Executive Vice President of Operations at Arkansas Economic Development Commission)

    Jennifer Emerson, EDFP

    Deputy Director & Executive Vice President of Operations at Arkansas Economic Development Commission
  • Michele Linch, PhD (State Director of AR Career Awareness and Preparation System (AR CAPS))

    Michele Linch, PhD

    State Director of AR Career Awareness and Preparation System (AR CAPS)
  • Sarah McBroom (Sr. Manager for Regional Engagement at Project Equity)

    Sarah McBroom

    Sr. Manager for Regional Engagement at Project Equity
  • Bentley Story, CEcD (Director, Business Development of Arkansas Economic Development Commission)

    Bentley Story, CEcD

    Director, Business Development of Arkansas Economic Development Commission
  • Kevin Tipton (President at Dreamline Manufacturing)

    Kevin Tipton

    President at Dreamline Manufacturing
AEDCE Awards Luncheon
The Honorable Asa Hutchinson

Salons B & C

Sponsored by:
Entergy
Helena Harbor
Little Rock Regional Chamber
Mississippi County Economic Development
Newport Economic Development Commission

  • The Honorable Asa Hutchinson (Governor at State of Arkansas)

    The Honorable Asa Hutchinson

    Governor at State of Arkansas
General SessionThe Impact of DRA on Community Sustainability
Justin Archer BurchDr. Corey Wiggins

Salon A

This one-on-one conversation will focus on how the impact of Delta Regional Authority (DRA) can holistically help communities become sustainable through infrastructure, workforce, health care, and increase of human capital in the Delta region.

  • Justin Archer Burch (National Director of Workforce & Small Business at Local Initiatives Support Corporation)

    Justin Archer Burch

    National Director of Workforce & Small Business at Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • Dr. Corey Wiggins (Federal Co-Chairman at Delta Regional Authority)

    Dr. Corey Wiggins

    Federal Co-Chairman at Delta Regional Authority
Networking Break

Sponsored by West Memphis Economic Development

General SessionSix Ways to Make Your Digital Content more Successful!
Brian Aiken

Salon A

There are 6 ways to become more successful in utilizing your digital content the correct way.
This presentation will guide you through these main steps with many videos and examples.

1. Make Your Videos Comprehendible Without Audio
2. Make Your Videos Shorter
3. Make Your Videos Specific
4. Stay Consistent with Your Postings
5. Use Different Types of Posts
6. Get the Most Out of Your Posts!

  • Brian Aiken (Founder/Director of Neon Cloud Productions)

    Brian Aiken

    Founder/Director of Neon Cloud Productions
Networking Break

Sponsored by City of North Little Rock

Special Guest Speaker -Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Salon A

  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders (2022 Candidate for Governor (R) at Sarah for Governor)

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders

    2022 Candidate for Governor (R) at Sarah for Governor
Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Katherine AndrewsKristi BarrDerek DysonDanny Games, CEcD, EDFPScott KuttenkulerJD LoweryKurt Castleberry

Option 1: Trends in the Electric Utility Industry | Salon A

Representatives from Arkansas’s electric sector will discuss trends in their industry that are related to and impact economic development. Topics to include the growth of solar development in the state, the emergence of cryptocurrency mining operations and the advancement of electric vehicles.

Option 2: Talent and Workforce Development - Two approaches to creating a culture of enhanced learning | Hoffman

The Academies of Central Arkansas and the Saline County Career Technical Campus are transforming workforce and talent development across central Arkansas. Each framework is presenting students with options to enhance their learning and skills development leading to successful careers after high school.

Option 3: Outdoor Recreation as an Economic Driver | Manning

Outdoor recreation is quickly becoming a major contributor to our nation’s economy. This session will focus on the economic impact of outdoor recreation, the creation of Offices of Outdoor Recreation across the country, and how chamber and economic development organizations can connect to this sector. This session will review national and state impact data and case studies, as well as resources to increase access, promotion, and growth.

  • Katherine Andrews (Director, Office of Outdoor Recreation at Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism)

    Katherine Andrews

    Director, Office of Outdoor Recreation at Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism
  • Kristi Barr (Director, HR & Talent Initiatives of Little Rock Regional Chamber)

    Kristi Barr

    Director, HR & Talent Initiatives of Little Rock Regional Chamber
  • Derek Dyson (President & CEO of Today's Power)

    Derek Dyson

    President & CEO of Today's Power
  • Danny Games, CEcD, EDFP (Director of Business & Economic Development at Entergy Arkansas)

    Danny Games, CEcD, EDFP

    Director of Business & Economic Development at Entergy Arkansas
  • Scott Kuttenkuler (Assistant Vice Chancellor at Saline County Career Technical Campus - ASU Three Rivers)

    Scott Kuttenkuler

    Assistant Vice Chancellor at Saline County Career Technical Campus - ASU Three Rivers
  • JD Lowery (Manager - Community and Economic Development at Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation)

    JD Lowery

    Manager - Community and Economic Development at Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation
  • Kurt Castleberry (Director of Resource Planning & Market Operations at Entergy Arkansas)

    Kurt Castleberry

    Director of Resource Planning & Market Operations at Entergy Arkansas
Bus Loading and Departure for Governor's Mansion

AEDCE has arranged for transportation to and from the Governor's Mansion for the network building reception.

There will be two buses that will make trips to/from the mansion. Below is the approximate schedule. The first bus will leave at 5:45PM.

Load at 5:30 - Leave at 5:45
Load at 5:45 - Leave at 6:00
Load at 6:00 - Leave at 6:15

Network Building Reception

AEDCE is pleased to host this year's Network Building Reception at the beautiful Arkansas Governor's Mansion. Transportation will be provided to and from the venue for conference attendees. Our entertainment for the evening will be provided by Christopher Crane (Arkansas Film Commissioner) and his band, CC and the Phunkbari 5. You don't want to miss this event!

Arkansas Governor's Mansion
1800 Center Street
Little Rock, AR 72206

Sponsored by:
Bailey Construction
Crossett Economic Development Foundation
Wright Lindsey Jennings

Bus Loading and Departure for LR Marriott

Buses will depart the Mansion at 7:30PM and 7:45PM.

AT&T Hospitality Suite

Presidential Suite - Room 1915

State of the State Breakfast & AEDCE Membership Meeting
Secretary Mike Preston

Salons B & C

Sponsored by:
Arkansas Capital Corporation
Jonesboro Unlimited
Monticello Economic Development Commission

  • Secretary Mike Preston (Secretary at Arkansas Department of Commerce)

    Secretary Mike Preston

    Secretary at Arkansas Department of Commerce
Break
Special Guest SpeakerDr. Chris Jones

Salon A

  • Dr. Chris Jones (2022 Candidate for Governor (D) at Chris for Governor)

    Dr. Chris Jones

    2022 Candidate for Governor (D) at Chris for Governor
Networking Break

Sponsored by Magnolia Economic Development

Site Selection Consultant Panel
Andrew RatchfordKim Moore, CEcD, EDFP, MEDPBenjamin Worrell

Salon A

Sponsored by:
Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County, Arkansas
Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas
OG&E

  • Andrew Ratchford (Senior Consultant at Global Location Strategies)

    Andrew Ratchford

    Senior Consultant at Global Location Strategies
  • Kim Moore, CEcD, EDFP, MEDP (Executive Managing Director of Newmark)

    Kim Moore, CEcD, EDFP, MEDP

    Executive Managing Director of Newmark
  • Benjamin Worrell (Consultant, Credit & Incentive Services at McGuire Sponsel)

    Benjamin Worrell

    Consultant, Credit & Incentive Services at McGuire Sponsel
Conference Closing

Salon A

Post Conference Add-On Sessions
Kim Moore, CEcD, EDFP, MEDPAndrew RatchfordBenjamin Worrell

12:30 PM - Site Location Consultant Roundtable
Salons B & C

1PM - Tour of Saline County Career Technical Campus - Must provide your own transportation


13600 I-30
Benton, AR 72015

  • Kim Moore, CEcD, EDFP, MEDP (Executive Managing Director of Newmark)

    Kim Moore, CEcD, EDFP, MEDP

    Executive Managing Director of Newmark
  • Andrew Ratchford (Senior Consultant at Global Location Strategies)

    Andrew Ratchford

    Senior Consultant at Global Location Strategies
  • Benjamin Worrell (Consultant, Credit & Incentive Services at McGuire Sponsel)

    Benjamin Worrell

    Consultant, Credit & Incentive Services at McGuire Sponsel