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The Economic Development Side: Forum brings international developers to state

By Rhonda Dishner, Economic Development Alliance

Posted June 21, 2017 in News

Originally posted on The Pine Bluff Commercial

Economic development professionals from around the world were in Little Rock recently for a meeting sponsored by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

IEDC’s Economic Future Forum, held Sunday through Tuesday, June 4-6, at the Statehouse Convention Center, was one of the first (if not the first) time an IEDC meeting has been held in Arkansas. Activities for attendees included a reception at the Clinton Presidential Center and tours of several Little Rock sites and technology-related operations. A small group also visited the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) in Jefferson County on June 6.

Among the chief state sponsors were the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Metro Little Rock Alliance and Entergy Arkansas.

Three staff members of the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County attended all or part of the forum: Lou Ann Nisbett, CEcD, president and chief executive officer; Caleb McMahon, director of economic development; and Nancy McNew, director of the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce. They reported conversations with a number of the speakers and influential guests.

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