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Tuesday, October 13, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bridgette Blair
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Have you thought about ….?

Each month this year in The Voice we will discuss various AAED committees, what they do and how our members can benefit by getting involved.

Professional Education Committee

By Spalding Olmsted, Davidson Belluso

Calling All Service Providers! Have you thought about the Professional Education Committee?

Many think that the main purpose of the Professional Education Committee is to provide educational content for the Economic Development Academy and coordinate its classes, but they do a lot more than that.

This committee is a terrific opportunity for everyone in AAED whether you’re a Service Provider or a Practitioner.  For instance, it helps Service Providers get to know the Practitioners on the committee and become knowledgeable of what is involved in being an effective Economic     Developer.

This committee also helps the Events and Programs Committees develop luncheon programs and speakers that all of the membership benefits from. Essentially the committee:

  • Advises the Conference Committees on program content for AAED Conferences, and
  • Works to make IEDC professional development programs available to AAED members which includes assuring that the courses satisfy IEDC course requirements

Some upcoming Academy programs:

  • November 17th: discussion on financing methods and tax advantages that Economic Developers can use by the Council for Finance & Taxation (Module 3)
  • Spring, 2016: incubator and entrepreneurial start-ups (Module 1)
  • June, 2016: business retention and expansion methods (Module 2)

Basic training:

  • AZ Basic Economic Development course, January 25-29, 2016: 4 ½ days of solid training, the first step in becoming a Certified Economic Developer Practitioner


The new committee Chairman is Arik Bopp, Economic Development Program Manager for the City of Phoenix. They meet on the fourth Thursday of every month at 3:30 p.m. for one hour at the AAED offices. If you’re wondering about how much time you will need to be a member, that completely depends on how involved you want to be and on the project you volunteer for.

Stay In Touch
  • Arizona Association for Economic Development
    2700 N. Central Ave. Suite 1250
    Phoenix, Arizona 85004
  • 602.240.AAED (2233)