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Arizona Association for Economic Development Announces New President
By Justin Liggin - Thursday May 19, 2022
The Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) has announced its new president for 2022-2023.

Wendy Bridges, AZED Pro, city of Goodyear economic development project manager, has been elected president of the executive board of directors for AAED.

“It is an honor to serve as the next president of AAED,” Bridges said.  “Working alongside AAED’s officers and board members, who represent communities and organizations across Arizona, will be an experience that is second to none.  I look forward to building on AAED’s pillars of advocacy, collaboration and education, and guiding the organization as it heads into its 50th anniversary next year.”

Bridges served as president-elect of the organization last year and has held other roles within AAED over the past 15 years.  She brings over 25 years of experience in county and municipal government, having served communities throughout Arizona.  Her primary focus in Goodyear is the healthcare and higher education sectors.  Bridges earned her Arizona Economic Development Professional (AZED Pro) designation from AAED, is licensed in real estate, holds a degree in management from Yavapai College and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in public administration from Northern Arizona University.

The nomination was approved at AAED’s general membership meeting, which was held in Tucson.

AAED, founded in 1974, has a mission to serve as Arizona’s unified voice advocating for responsible economic development through an effective program of professional education, public policy, and collaboration.

For more information on AAED, visit or call (602) 240-2233.