Governor Hutchinson and 6 Others Receive Recognition from State’s Economic Developers Group

The Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives (AEDCE) on Monday (August 29) awarded four individuals the Maria Haley Lifetime Leadership for Economic Development Award. Those recognized include Governor Asa Hutchinson, Clif Chitwood, Kirkley Thomas and Bryan Scoggins.

Also receiving awards are Cari White, CCE as Outstanding Room Manager; Jon Chadwell, CEcD as Outstanding Business Developer; and Bob King as Volunteer of the Year.

The awards were presented at a luncheon for the 2022 AEDCE Annual Conference in Little Rock.

The AEDCE Awards recognize volunteer and professional economic developers and chamber executives for outstanding achievement demonstrated by significant achievements in their community, region and state during their career, including professionalism, experience, training and education, service to AEDCE and the profession.

“We are proud to recognize these fine leaders from across the state who play a vital role in community and economic development,” said Mallory Darby, president of Arkansas Economic Developers and Chamber Executives. “Recipients of these awards stimulate and lead development in their respective fields while being proactive in addressing critical labor needs and advancing community and economic development in transformative ways. »

“Arkansas is stronger because of the dedication and tireless efforts of these people,” Commerce Secretary Mike Preston said. “Each winner has dedicated countless hours to making their community, as well as the state as a whole, a better place to live and work. All deserve these incredible honors, and we are grateful to each for the many years they have dedicated to the economic development of our state.

Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives is the premier association in the state representing professional and volunteer economic developers and chamber executives in Arkansas. AEDCE’s mission is to enhance the professional development of its members and to advocate for community and economic development for the benefit of the citizens of Arkansas.

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