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A Letter From AAED President Mignonne Hollis



Welcome members, partners, and prospective members to the Arizona Association for Economic Development. I am glad you are taking the time to learn more about AAED and all the hard work this association does for Arizona.

Since its founding in 1974, AAED has grown significantly in membership and service. 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 advocacy, as well as many opportunities for collaboration. Our legacy members know and I hope our new members will discover just how many opportunities our organization offers for you to get involved with committees, networking events, and conferences.

This past year has seen some unprecedented events: We said goodbye to Joyce Grossman and welcomed Carrie Kelly. We have adjusted to the new reality of a global pandemic. 2020 has definitely been a year of changes so far. I want you to know that we remain committed and focused on ensuring the strength of Arizona economy.

We will work to continue to strengthen our pillars. At the same time, we will look to identify new opportunities and bring these opportunities to Arizona.  Or as I like to say – identify the dots and connect them.  The work on our strategic plan will continue as planned. AAED was lucky to have expertise of Richard Wilke and Nicole Snyder on this important project that will be finalized this year.

Our diverse statewide membership adds to our success.  Our members are economic development practitioners, service providers, elected officials, and tribal members. Whether you are from a rural community or a large metro area, private sector, public sector, your voice matters at AAED and our hope is that AAED should matter to you.  As a practitioner in Cochise County, this organization has been instrumental in both my professional and personal growth.  My business relationships, colleagues, and many of my friends are all members of AAED.

If you are interested in learning more about AAED please reach out.  I look forward to hearing from you, seeing you at our events and getting to know you.


Mignonne Hollis

AAED President 2020-2021

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