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Meet the AEDC Director 

New AEDC Director Cheryl Carson started her duties as Arnold Economic Development Director on Monday, March 16, 2015, replacing Sandy Hicks, who moved to Missouri. Cheryl, who was appointed by the AEDC board, said she has several reasons for applying for the position.

 

AEDC hours:

Monday, Thursday, Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

Ph: (308) 848-2211

About Cheryl

“I enjoy helping people, and it will be great to help new businesses start up or help existing businesses continue and expand. Helping our community grow and bringing new people and families to live in our town will be an enjoyable job,” said Cheryl.

Recently, AEDC Board President Andrew Tickle said that Cheryl’s history in the banking industry will be a great asset.

Cheryl’s resume includes serving as assistant branch manager, department supervisor, working with bank security and privacy practice, customer service, compliance and operations, heading projects, training new employees, reviewing different types of loans, and auditing different aspects within the bank.

“The banking environment has quite a few similar aspects to the director’s position,” said Cheryl. “I was bound by federal and state laws and general banking policies, and understanding and respecting privacy and confidentiality will be important to this job. Being the AEDC director will just allow me to have a lot more creativity.”

A resident since 1993, Cheryl said she has lived in Arnold long enough that she has a good feel for the community’s needs and a desire to see Arnold remain stable and grow. Focus will be on economic health and stability of the community, assisting existing businesses in Arnold with any needs they may have, attracting new business to Arnold when possible, tourism, helping with housing questions, facilitating and assisting visitors to Arnold with questions they may have. LB840 has been a key to the changes Arnold has made to turn around what once was a decline in our population, school numbers, growth, and stability. As a community, we have been able to turn the declining trend around. Arnold is a unique community, which seems to always find new things to recreate itself and keep moving. We have a fantastic school, businesses, and community members who support community events, fundraisers, school, and activities. Arnold’s determination to succeed and progress in many areas has made this community one to look at as an example of what can happen with determination, and now are an example of what a community committed to changing those trends can do!

“I think Arnold is a unique community,” said Cheryl. “Our community seems to always find new things to recreate itself and keep moving. We have a fantastic school, businesses that support our community events, fundraisers and activities. I think the people in our community come out to support each other, as well. Arnold’s determination to succeed and progress in many areas has made our community one to look at as an example of what can happen with determination.”

Since moving here, Cheryl has chaired and co-chaired several different events and has joined different clubs throughout the years. She has been a member of the Arnold Cemetery website wreath committee, where she puts her artistic and creative talents to good use. She has served ten years as the service unit manager for Guiding Star Girl Scout Council and has been troop level leader.

She is married to Sean Carson and they have four children. Cheryl plans to be in the AEDC office Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will be able to take calls when not in the office.

AEDC President Andrew Tickle said Cheryl will be a good representative for Arnold.