Event Details

To better connect with our members and those interested in AEDCE throughout the year, we are pleased to announce a series of workshops tailored for the economic developer and chamber professional. These workshops will allow for peer-to-peer learning and sharing of success stories from around the state as well as the opportunity to build your professional network.


What to expect?


  • Timely content for the economic development or chamber professional
  • Network building opportunities
  • Best practices from across the state
  • Peer-to-peer idea sharing
  • Workshops are open to all AEDCE members - attend one or attend them all!
  • Affordable! $25 for AEDCE members and $75 for nonmembers


These will occur in-person (no virtual option at this time) throughout the state with the first being held in Hot Springs on March 10th. The full 2022 tentative schedule is below so Save These Dates!


  • March 10th - Hot Springs
  • June 9th - Northeast
  • September 15th - Northwest
  • December 13th - Central

Agenda

10 AM - 10:15 AM
Welcome and Introductions
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Getting Social: Digital Marketing Trends & Best Practices
In 2022 digital marketing should be your star employee: one who works 24/7 to support your member businesses, showcase your value to community influencers, attract site selectors and connect...
In 2022 digital marketing should be your star employee: one who works 24/7 to support your member businesses, showcase your value to community influencers, attract site selectors and connect with industry leaders. However, much like a disengaged and uninspired worker, poorly planned digital efforts can cost chambers of commerce time, money, energy, and relationships.

“Getting Social: Digital Marketing Trends and Best Practices” will build upon the foundation of best practices and highlight the emerging B2B trends that chambers of commerce and economic developers can incorporate into daily operations. You’ll leave with a list of observations, tactics, and procedures that you can adapt to your organization’s needs and internal structures.
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11:15 AM - 12 PM
Lunch
12 PM - 1 PM
Getting Smart: Breakout Sessions
ED Track - Dansons Project Case Study (Jack Thomas and Steve Harris)As technology in the grilling industry shifts from traditional charcoal and propane to wood pellet grills, brands such as ...
ED Track - Dansons Project Case Study (Jack Thomas and Steve Harris)

As technology in the grilling industry shifts from traditional charcoal and propane to wood pellet grills, brands such as Pit Boss Grills look to capitalize on manufacturing wood pellets for grilling. Dansons – the parent company of Pit Boss Grills, Country Smokers, and Louisiana Grills – announced that it will open the country’s largest barbecue wood pellet mill and distribution center, creating 50-100 jobs over the next three years in Hope, Arkansas. This case study will focus on the story behind Dansons locating in Hope, filling vacant industrial space, and helping companies attract a workforce in the age of tight labor markets.


Chamber Track - Beyond the Welcome Packet: Innovative strategies for engaging, connecting, and educating your members (Shannon LaDuke)

Active members foster a dynamic Chamber. When members recognize the value in their investment, they are more likely to participate in programs, engage in invaluable word-of-mouth marketing on your behalf, and commit to event sponsorships. Dedicated members result in increased recruitment and retention. "Beyond the Welcome Packet" will focus on creative ideas, programs, and events designed to improve and personalize the member experience, while encouraging an active and dedicated membership.
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1 PM - 1:15 PM
Take a break
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Getting Regional: Workforce Development Success Stories
The four host communities share success stories from their area about improvements in the workforce delivery system.Story 1: SouthARK’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Center supports local ...
The four host communities share success stories from their area about improvements in the workforce delivery system.

Story 1: SouthARK’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Center supports local industry in the areas of Industrial, Process, Automotive, and Welding Technology including the Secondary Technology Center and SouthARK’s partnership with Be Pro Be Proud.

Story 2: PeopleShores is a for-profit social enterprise that brings technology-driven jobs to the “shores” of economically challenged communities in the United States. We provide digital services that positively impact the business operations of our customers while providing a social benefit.

Story 3: Magnolia High School offers numerous certifications ranging from dog grooming to CNA to workforce prep. Many industries have partnered with them to bring a career readiness fair that also corresponds with the ACT Career Readiness program.

Story 4: National Park College’s registered apprenticeship programs serve a variety of occupations including Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, and Child Development. NPC also aims to use apprenticeships to blend the lines between non-credit and academic programs.
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2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Getting Connected: Peer-to-Peer Idea Sharing/QA
2:45 PM - 3 PM
That's a Wrap!

Register

Registration is for the Hot Springs workshop on March 10th.  The other workshop registrations will open two months in advance of each workshop.

AEDCE Member Registration
Member Price $25
Non-Member Registration
Standard Price $75