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About Us

At AEDC, we know economic advancement doesn't happen by accident. We work strategically with businesses and communities to create strong economic opportunities, making Arkansas the natural choice for success.

Clint O'Neal, CEcD

Executive Director

(501) 682-7350

Jennifer Emerson, EDFP

Deputy Director

(501) 682-1117

The Council

The Arkansas Economic Development Council is composed of sixteen (16) members appointed to four-year terms by the governor. These appointments are made with the advice and consent of the Arkansas Senate. At least three members are from each of the four congressional districts, and four members are appointed at large.

Jay Bunyard

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Chris Gosnell

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Thomas Dickinson

Shash Goyal

Annemarie Dillard Jazic

Glen Johnson

Vance Lawson

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Johnny Mitchum

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John Newcomb

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Tracey Rancifer

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John Schmelzle

Molly Shepherd

Jim Smith

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Jon Wickliffe

Lindsey Wingo

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Lang Zimmerman

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