The mission of AAED is to serve as Arizona’s unified voice advocating for responsible economic development through an effective program of professional education, public policy, and collaboration.
AAED’s Core Values:
The Arizona Association for Economic Development is a professional association with more than 500 members – Economic and Workforce Development professionals along with community and business leaders from throughout the State who support economic development. It accomplishes its objectives through a motivated and active membership and strategic partnerships with companies, organizations and governmental agencies with which it shares goals.
Our Members Lead the Way!
AAED is successful because of the diversity of its members and the involvement of those members in the organization. There are many ways to get involved in AAED. It is a working organization that utilizes volunteers from its membership to form committees and accomplish it’s objectives. It is through this active involvement that the volunteer member recognizes the real benefits of the association.
Working Committees are the heart and soul of volunteer organizations which allows members to demonstrate leadership and management skills. By actively participating in AAED, members help the organization remain a leading voice for responsible economic development in the State of Arizona.
The following are the membership types available in AAED. Each require a $100 application fee unless designated otherwise.
Please be advised that all applications are reviewed the first Wednesday of each month and during the mid-month by the Membership Committee.
Provider Member - $298.00 A provider is defined as an individual who works for a For Profit organization that is part of, supports, or profits from economic growth in neighborhoods, communities, regions, the State, etc.
Practitioner Member - $273.00 A practitioner is defined as someone who works for government or a Not-For-Profit organization with a primary focus on the practice of economic development.
Emerging Economic Development (Student) Member - $50.00 A Emerging Economic Developer is defined as a full-time student at a university or college not working in the industry full-time. $100 application fee is waived.
Emeritus Member - $50.00 An emeritus is defined as a retired or not employed. This is not meant to be a membership opportunity for those between jobs. $100 application fee is waived. Must participate in the Membership Mentorship Program and must be active on a committee.
Elected Official Member - $150 An elected Arizona official. $100 application fee is waived.
AAED Federal Tax Id #94-2783913 ** AAED dues may be deducted as a business expense but not as a charitable contribution. 6.5% of dues, assessments and similar amounts from members are not deductible in accordance with IRC Sec. 6033.