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About The Alliance

The Economic Development Alliance of Jefferson County, Arkansas, was created in 1994 as a non-stock, not-for-profit corporation and became operational on January 1, 1995. The Alliance was formed to unify community and economic development efforts in Pine Bluff, White Hall, and Jefferson County.

The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce is a division of the Alliance, and the Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Port Authority is an affiliate organization. A separate board of directors governs each organization, but all share a common staff and common quarters—at 510 Main Street.


A board of trustees comprised of proven leaders governs The Alliance. Those currently serving are:

David Beck, CIC, Chairman; VP/Marketing Director, First Arkansas Insurance
Marc Oudin, Jr., Vice Chairman; Owner, Oudin Properties, LLC
Tim DeJarnette, Secretary-Treasurer; President, The Strong Company
Steven Brown, Past Chairman; Senior Vice President, Relyance Bank

Laurence Alexander, J.D., Ph.D. - Chancellor, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Mac Bellingrath - President, B3 Properties, Inc.
Marty Casteel - Chairman & CEO, Simmons Bank
Duke Fakouri - President, M.K. Distributors, Inc.
Becky Simpson - Owner, Express Employment Professionals
Ford Trotter - President, Trotter Auto Group

Stacy Cheatwood, Chamber Chairman; Owner, ATeam Staffing Services / Wing Stop
David Bush, Port Authority Chairman; Retired Senior VP, Simmons Bank

A full-time professional staff manages the day-to-day operations of The Alliance, its divisions and affiliates. Those currently serving as members of the staff are:

Allison J.H. Thompson, CEcD, FM, EDFP, President and CEO
Nancy Lee McNew, PCED, Vice President of Economic Development
Rhonda Dishner, Executive Assistant-Economic Development
Lynette Bloomberg, MA, MAAL, Director, Pine Bluff Chamber, Leadership Pine Bluff
Monica Mitcham, Office Manager
Mandy Owens, PCED, Event Coordinator
Vera Jackson, Receptionist

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