Mignonne Hollis, executive director of the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation (SVEDF) has been appointed chairperson on the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) Rural Committee. AAED is the leading statewide advocate for responsible economic development in Arizona.
The Rural Committee provides professional economic development assistance to rural communities and administers programs of specific benefit to members in rural communities. The committee also monitors legislative issues that may have a specific impact on rural economic development communities.
“Mignonne has been an active member of AAED for a number of years. Her growing value to both our Association and rural Arizona has not gone unnoticed. I was pleased to have the opportunity to reward her accomplishments and enthusiasm with a step into our 40-year-old association’s leadership team.
“Mignonne has accepted my request to Chair AAED’s Rural Committee. I know she and her committee will do a great job in executing their duties and responsibility to all of our organization’s rural members statewide”, said AAED President Eric Larson.
SVEDF Executive Director Mignonne Hollis already has her hands in applying rural collaboration locally through forming and co-hosting quarterly county economic development alliance meetings with leaders from all over Cochise County.
“The collaboration of leadership creates opportunity within a region because it eliminates conflict and produces a unit of organizers with the same focus and objectives”, Hollis said. “The region becomes stronger and more marketable as the strengths of each community within the region are fused together. As a region, we’re only as strong as our weakest community.”
This group of county leaders meets to discuss economic development deficiencies and opportunities to partner with one another.