Jim Youngquist has served as the Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Institute (AEDI) since 2008. Prior to his appointment at AEDI, Jim served in both administrative, management, and project leadership positions in various University of Georgia Public Service and Outreach units, and, served as the Executive Director of the Green River Area Development District in Kentucky. He currently serves as a member of the National Association of Development Organizations Board of Directors. Jim holds a B.A. from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans, and, a Certificate in Executive Leadership from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.
Randy Wright is Deputy Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Institute (AEDI), an attorney of 38 years and an instructor in the UA Little Rock College of Business. Within the Institute, he is active in Community and Economic Development. As an instructor, facilitator, and presenter he is also actively involved in multi-day seminars on leadership, team building, and related topics both locally and nationally. He has taught courses and given presentations on Interpersonal Negotiations, Conflict Management, Business Communications, Contract Law, Community Development, Organizational Behavior, Business and Employment Law, Human Relations and Business and Economic Development Ethics.
Grainger Ledbetter is a Community Economic Developer with the Arkansas Economic Development Institute (AEDI) and has developed curriculum and taught courses in a number of leadership areas including organizational planning and decision-making and situational and team leadership. Grainger has a degree in English from Syracuse University and a Master’s Degree in History from UA Little Rock.