LITTLE ROCK, AR. (November 16, 2020) The membership of Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives (AEDCE) has elected the following to its board of directors with terms beginning January 1, 2021 and running through December 31, 2022:
Murray is the president and CEO of the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce and holds the designation of Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED). She joins the board representing the Third Congressional District, which is made up of the Fort Smith/Van Buren areas, most of Northwest Arkansas and North-Central Arkansas, along with the Russellville area. On being the representative for this district, Murray said, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve on this board, as AEDCE has been so instrumental in my professional and career development as a chamber executive. This organization is critical to the progressive business climate in our state, and I am honored to represent Van Buren and the third congressional district in further supporting economic growth in Arkansas.”
The officers of the board of directors for 2021 will be President, JD Lowery of the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas; First Vice President, Mallory Darby of the City of West Memphis; Second Vice President, Nancy Lee McNew, CEcD, PCED with the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County; and Secretary/Treasurer Gary Troutman with the Hot Springs Metro Partnership/Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce.
Katherine Holmstrom, Sr. Project Manager for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission will complete her term as board president at the end of 2020 but will remain on the board as immediate past president and an officer through 2021.
About the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce: The Van Buren Chamber of Commerce has proudly served the community for 65 years with a membership base of over 400 businesses, organizations, educational institutions and individuals throughout the River Valley. The Chamber’s mission is to prepare, develop, and promote the Van Buren community for economic growth.
About Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives (AEDCE): AEDCE is the state’s premier association representing professional and volunteer 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. 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. More information is available at aedce.org.
- Julie Allen, PCED (Newport)
- Amy Williams, PCED (Cabot)
- Julie Murray, PCED (Van Buren)
- Ellie Baker, PCED (Magnolia)
- Bill Luther, PCED (El Dorado)
- Graycen Bigger (Pocahontas)
- Corey Parks (Conway)