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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Call us today for insights on how our 5 State Regional Community Building Networks will benefit your action plan.

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?

ArkLaMEC Marketing and Policy Recommendations
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

ArkLaMec Marketing and Policy Recommendations

Louisiana and Arkansas

Representatives from transportation and logistics, education, private sector, local elected officials, and state agencies came together to address marketing the multimodal transportation infrastructure for value-added job creation for the ArkLaMec corridor (five counties in Southeast Arkansas and five parishes in Northeast Louisiana). Additionally, four FEMA flooding and storm declarations were historically documented to help develop policy recommendations on how to lessen the impact of breaks in the region’s economic supply chain.

Go Forward Pine Bluff

Pine Bluff, Arkansas

A cross-section of local citizens came together through “Go Forward Pine Bluff” to create over 20 implementable recommendations that address Pine Bluff’s greatest challenges and “move the needle” on ongoing efforts to make the city vibrant again.

GFPB became a 501(c)(3) that continues to implement sustainable strategies and a transparent and accountable structure for keeping citizens informed.

Think Big Little Rock

Little Rock, Arkansas

TBLR identified challenges and opportunities to attract and retain young professionals in Little Rock. Participants tackled key urban issues, like arts and cultural opportunities viewed as crucial to attracting and retaining young professionals. Members invested more than 5,000 hours and developed 28 recommendations supporting its vision.


April Campbell
Community Economic Development Specialist
(501) 569-8551


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