Stephen Bell currently serves as President and CEO of the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance.
Bell earned a bachelor's degree from Hendrix College in Conway and a master's degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is a current member of the Arkadelphia Rotary Club as well as a former member of the Stuttgart Rotary Club.
Before making the move to Arkadelphia, Bell served for more than 18 years as the executive director and executive vice-president of the Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce and Stuttgart Industrial Development Corp. Interesting highlights from his work in Stuttgart are recruitment, organization, and supervision of 200 volunteers for the World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest and Wings Over the Prairie Festival in addition to recruitment and promotion of the 326 business members of the Stuttgart Chamber. While in the “Rice and Duck Capital of the World," Bell also published an annual 152-page advertisement-based city magazine (with ad sales of $45,000 annually) that includes an online edition to market the community.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of several organizations, including the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce Executives, Arkansas Economic Developers, and the Arkansas Good Roads and Transportation Council. With experience in public relations and marketing, legislative affairs, and economic development – as well as an impressive record of business retention and recruitment – Bell is prepared to help Clark County.
Shelley Loe serves as Executive Vice President. Loe is a graduate of Henderson State University, UALR Mid-South Basic Economic Development Course and currently pursuing the Institute of Organizational Management certification through the United States Chamber of Commerce at the University of Georgia. She is a current member of the Arkadelphia Rotary Club, Arkansas Good Roads Board, Main Street Arkansas Downtown Network, Diamond Lakes Travel Association and Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Prior to the position with Arkadelphia Alliance overseeing Chamber activities, Loe served eight years with Southern Bancorp Capital Partners as Vice President of Commercial Lending. This position transitioned to Senior Community Development Officer and served as the liaison for over 500 Clark County residents to create a seven year comprehensive strategic plan. Through the Clark County Strategic Plan, she leveraged $8.9M in grants and private funds. Other affiliations are the Clark County Charitable Health Service, Ecumenical Food Pantry, Court Appointed Special Advocate, Arkansas Festivals and Events Association and Events, Downtown Arkadelphia Organization, Henderson State University Business Advisory Council and South Central Arkansas Electric Cooperative Board Member. These partnerships allow her the opportunity to work regionally for the retention and expansion of the Clark County business community. Having lived in Clark County for over 20 years gives Loe the local insight of the assets and opportunities for the future.
Ashlee Vaughan currently serves as Director of Administration and Events.
Vaughan is a native of Arkadelphia. She is a 1999 Arkadelphia High School graduate and received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Henderson State University in 2003. She served as a Graduate Assistant for the University in the Department of Social Sciences while pursuing her Master’s degree.
Vaughan has experience in sales and marketing. She serves as the lead on all Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance & Area Chamber of Commerce events. She is accountable for overseeing day to day operations as well as promoting the Alliance & Chamber staff within Clark County.
Her background and love for the community has led her to a variety of volunteer opportunities and leadership roles. She is an active member of Second Baptist Church, Rally on the Ravine Committee, Becoming a Healthy Clark County Coalition and the Group Living Gala Committee.
In her spare time, Ashlee loves to spend time with friends and family. She and her husband, Andy have one daughter Carsyn, age 5.
Tiffany McNeal currently serves as Director of Communications.
McNeal is a native of Arkadelphia. She graduated from Arkadelphia High School in 2006 and Henderson State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration at Henderson State University.
McNeal has years of experience in management, recruitment, banking and financial services. In addition to helping with social media and communications, McNeal is responsible for executing the economic development plan for Clark County which includes existing business retention and expansion, workforce development and new business recruitment.
McNeal is actively involved in her local church and community organizations in the Clark County area. She is a member of Kiwanis Club of Clark County and active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alpha Kappa Alpha’s mission is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of “Service to All Mankind". She enjoys volunteering her time, talent and heart to her community. McNeal’s humanitarian character has been truly an inspiration to others.
Ann Tucker currently serves as Director of Tourism.
Tucker began her work with the Diamond Lakes Regional Visitor’s Center in 2012. Tucker has been working in tourism in the Arkadelphia area since 1996. She loves traveling to trade shows and promoting the local attractions of Clark County.
Prior to her work in Clark County, she was self-employed. This opportunity allowed her to travel across Arkansas to visit a variety of beautiful areas across the state. Her experience has also been very valuable as she assist tourist with their travel preparations. Tucker is also an avid volunteer and she emulates the passion and drive needed to push Clark County forward.
She has also found her passion as a Wellness Advocate with doTERRA Essential Oils. This company is involved in the co-impact of sourcing oils from all over the world. She feels very blessed to be a small part of it.
Tucker enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She has been married for 53 wonderful years to her loving husband, Monroe. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 1 grant grandson.
Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance and Area Chamber of Commerce
The Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance (the "Alliance") is an umbrella organization that oversees the chambers of commerce for Amity, Arkadelphia, and Gurdon, the Economic Development Corporation of Clark County (the "EDCCC"), and the Clark County Industrial Council. The Alliance was formed pursuant to the Clark County Strategic Plan, a long-range visioning document created over a fifteen month period by approximately 500 residents of Clark County with the purpose of identifying and implementing comprehensive community initiatives that improve quality of life and economic opportunities for all residents of the county.
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