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, existing businesses continue or expand, and help our community grow by bringing new people and families to live in Arnold,” said Cheryl.

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

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

“The banking environment has quite a few similar aspects to the director’s position. You’re bound by federal and state laws, general banking policies, understanding and respecting privacy and confidentiality, legal lending practice, understanding economic trends, working with large and small business owners—all of these similarities will be important to this job as well. Being the AEDC director will allow me to have a lot more creativity, work one on one with clients, educate clients and community, as well as manage the technical side of business.”  

A resident since 1993, Cheryl said she has lived in Arnold long enough 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 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!

Since moving here, Cheryl has chaired and co-chaired several different events and has joined different clubs throughout the years. She has served ten years as the service unit manager for Guiding Star Girl Scout Council and has been troop level leader. She currently serves as a board member on the Custer County Tourism Advisory Board and Custer County Community Block Grant Board, as well as a member of Custer County Economic Development and Nebraska Economic Developers Association.

The AEDC office is open Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.