Arizona Association For Economic Development Announces Winner of Ben Warren Memorial Scholarship

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The Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) has announced that Trever Fleetham, economic development and planning manager for the town of Payson, has been selected as AAED’s 2020 Ben Warren Scholar. 

 Joyce Grossman, AAED’s executive director, said this highly competitive scholarship program covers Fleetham’s registration for the Arizona Basic Economic Development Course (AZ BEDC) that is offered every year in January. 


“The AZ BEDC is the first course for those pursuing an internationally recognized Certified Economic Developer designation,” Grossman explained.  “It’s also a win for the town of Payson, which will benefit from Trever’s continuing professional development.”

 Ben Warren was one of AAED’s charter members and past-presidents.  He worked in economic development for 34 years and is credited with being an early pioneer in Arizona’s industry-attraction model while working for both Salt River Project and Arizona Public Service.  The Ben Warren Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually for the Arizona Basic Economic Development Course, which is accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).


 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.

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