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James Bell, VP, Economic Development, Elected to AEDCE Board

Vice President of Bentonville Economic Development Elected to Arkansas Economic Developers and Chamber Executives Board of Directors

BENTONVILLE, AR (January 31, 2023) – At their annual meeting, the membership of Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives (AEDCE) elected James Bell to represent Arkansas’ Third Congressional District on AEDCE’s Board of Directors. His term began January 1, 2023, and expires December 31, 2024.

James Bell is Vice President, Economic Development, at the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce. “I’m deeply honored and humbled to be selected by my peers to serve them. AEDCE’s members are passionate and committed to advancing our state’s business climate and quality of life. I look forward to working with my fellow board members and the AEDCE leadership team to advance our profession and support our members in the acceleration of economic growth and development in our communities across the State of Arkansas,” said Bell.

“We are committed to connecting members of the Chamber team with valuable opportunities for their professional development and I am thrilled by James’ appointment,” said Ashley Wardlow, Interim President and CEO of the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce. “James’ willingness to serve on the AEDCE Board of Directors reflects our organization’s collaborative culture – a culture he has helped build in his time here.”

AEDCE is the state’s premier association representing economic developers and chamber executives in Arkansas. The organization’s objective is to advance, through educational and professional efforts, the business climate and quality of life in Arkansas by the development of employment opportunities through economic growth and community development.



The Bentonville Chamber was formed in 1926 and became the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce in 1979. In 2017, the Chamber became the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce is to serve our members as the voice of the business community; to promote planned economic growth; to foster community interaction and provide information, leadership, and support to the Bentonville area.

The Chamber is an independent, non-profit business organization representing the Bentonville area. It’s an organization with more than 1,000 members and is governed by a 16-member Board of Directors that is representative of the range of businesses among the organization’s membership. The Chamber is operated by a staff of ten, and it is not run by the city, county or state.

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