AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston

Mike Preston

Executive Director

Governor Asa Hutchinson appointed Mike Preston executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission in March 2015. Preston is widely regarded as a leading advocate for economic development.

Before joining AEDC, Preston served six and a half years as the Vice President of Government Relations for Enterprise Florida. During his tenure at Enterprise Florida, he was part of the team that helped create more than 147,000 jobs paying an average wage of $56,437 and generating $10.07 billion in capital investment.

Since joining AEDC (January 2015), Preston and Governor Asa Hutchinson have made business recruitment trips to Japan, China, France, Germany, Israel, Cuba, Mexico, New York City, United Kingdom, and Silicon Valley. The trips continue to play an important role in the state’s economic development efforts and have led to more than 300 companies signing agreements with AEDC to locate or expand in Arkansas. These companies are investing $6.8 billion and creating more than 11,200 new jobs.

A 2005 graduate of the University of Florida, Preston and his wife, Anne, are Florida natives but are proud to call Arkansas home.