Longtime executive director of the Yavapai College Regional Economic Development Center Richard Hernandez has been elected to the Arizona Association of Economic Development (AAED).
As a member of that 14-member board, Hernandez will represent central and northern Arizona in sharing thoughts about economic development needs representative of their communities.
Board President Lori Collins from Mesa said: “The board members represent a cross-section of our statewide membership. As voices of economic development through Arizona, AAED will benefit strongly from the expertise and point of view board members provide. I’m thrilled to welcome Richard to the board.”
Hernandez continues at Yavapai College, where he has held his current role since 2017. Previously, he was a business analyst
and counselor at YC.
Hernandez said he endorses the mission of the group “to serve as a unifying voice advocating for responsible economic development through professional education, public policy and collaboration.”
“I am honored to serve on the AAED board,” he said. “This is an organization of economic development professionals who make a difference. I am in respected company, and I will do my best to contribute. I am especially motivated to impact quality of life issues in our rural communities. This is a lot of opportunity and plenty to do. I am excited to get started.”