Smarter Solutions. Stronger Communities.

“There is an immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals.”  – Idowu Koyenikan


The AEDI team leverages the power of our in-house economic research team, our national community development network, and our years of consulting successes to provide real and workable results. You bring the challenges; we bring the tactical solutions team.


When we have completed our proprietary consulting process, you will be armed with a customized Community Action Plan, a list of Data Driven Decisions, and a published report with a unique Economic Impact Framework that walks you, step by step, through the process for promoting growth in your community.


Our proven formula for development-impact ensures that your community’s unique needs are at the center of our solution. We are known for our thorough, data-driven outcomes that we custom build for each community or region.

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We engage and empower all residents to work together to develop smart, sustainable and innovative approaches to economic growth, workforce development and a better quality of life.

Where Have We Been?

Jasper, Arkansas Future Strategic Community Plan
Sebastian County, Arkansas

ArkLaMEC Resiliency Project
Louisiana and Arkansas

Thrive Hempstead
Hempstead County, Arkansas

Building a Better Tomorrow
Mayflower, Arkansas

Planning for a More Resilient City
Vilonia, Arkansas

Go Forward Pine Bluff
Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Southwest Little Rock
Little Rock, Arkansas

Think Big Little Rock
Little Rock, Arkansas

Yellville Strategic Plan
Yellville, Arkansas

Featured Communities

Jasper Arkansas Future Stategic Community Plan 2020

Jasper, Arkansas Future Strategic Plan

Sebastian Co., Arkansas

Jasper is a quaint town settled in the heart of the Ozarks. Creating a conclusive blueprint for addressing its land use issues; and recommendations to improve economic viability and good quality of life for its residents was imperative to inject new energy into this quaint and beautiful community.

ArkLaMec Resiliency Project

Arkansas-Louisiana Multimodal Economic Corridor

The ArkLaMec region (five counties in Southeast Arkansas and five parishes in Northeast Louisiana) received three Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Declarations for severe storms and flooding from late 2015 through early 2016. The severe weather brought about a break in the economic supply chain in some portions of the region exceeding 45 days. Our effort was not only to historically document the events, but to also develop individual community and regional strategies to aid in community recovery; resulting in raising the level of readiness for the communities and region to respond to the next disaster.

Thrive Hempstead

Thrive Hempstead Co. Five‑Year Strategic Plan

Hempstead County, Arkansas

Nearly one hundred civic-minded citizens from the county gathered once a month over a six-month period to develop goals to revitalize their community. Armed with the slogan “Thrive Hempstead,” committees proposed over 20 recommendations to address systemic challenges facing the county. These recommendations were designed to create sustainable economic growth, stronger tourism offerings, a higher and more attractive quality of life standard, and a better education system.


James Youngquist
AEDI Director
(501) 569-8519


Reynolds Building
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 S. University Avenue
Little Rock, AR  72204-1099