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A Letter From AAED President Nicole Snyder

Welcome and thank you for your interest in Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED). Whether you are a current member or just checking us out, I am glad you are taking your valuable time to learn more about AAED.

As our mission states, AAED has served as Arizona‚Äôs unified voice advocating for responsible economic development since 1974. Our diverse membership, from all over the state of Arizona, is made up of economic development and workforce practitioners, service providers, elected officials and tribal members. Together, we focus on improving the quality of life and strengthening the business climate in metro and rural Arizona. 

No matter what industry sector you represent; if you have a desire to advance the state of Arizona through economic development, then AAED is your organization. But like any organization, those that get the most out of AAED are individuals who engage in a committee, participate in events, and work together to advance economic development efforts across the state.  

This past year, under Richard Wilkie's leadership, we identified Seemingly Impossible Yet Achievable (SIYA) goals for the association. I am a strong believer in continuous improvement, and I am committed to working with our members, committees, staff and board of directors to work toward these goals and to identify new areas that we can improve.  We know you have limited time and dollars to spend on associations, at AAED we will strive to provide the best value proposition for your company or community. We will do all this while keeping our ongoing commitment to all three AAED pillars: education, advocacy and collaboration.   

AAED is a dynamic association with many opportunities for collaborators to help us grow the economy of our great state of Arizona. If you are interested in learning more about AAED, please reach out to me at I would be happy to answer any questions or help you to find a place within the organization that fits what you are looking for. 


Nicole Snyder
AAED President, 2019-20
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    Phoenix, Arizona 85004
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