about us

Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit that has been impacting the economy since 1985

The Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation (AREDF), formerly the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation (SVEDF), is unique in composition and powerful in its execution of activities. Our organization's mission is to preserve and strengthen the economy within the southern Arizona region through initiatives focused on industry retention, recruitment, expansion, and development.  
Economic Influence - Our organization serves as a spokesperson at conferences throughout Arizona concerning economic operations and strategies; we provide feedback to Arizona legislators on a variety of economic topics; and we hold positions on influential state and national economic development councils and initiatives.
Local Business Development - Our organization provides affordable office space for start-up businesses and small business owners in the developmental stages of their venture; we facilitating resource referral, including personal counseling sessions on organizational issues, revenue reductions, and expansion plans; and we offer low-interest funding for business façade and infrastructure improvements in the west-end of Sierra Vista.
Regional Industry Development - Our organization facilitates commercial site certification for land and buildings throughout the region; and we are leading a number of efforts that promote the development of the aerospace industry, healthcare industry, international relations, and Fort Huachuca missions.

Mignonne Hollis AREDF Executive Director, is an accomplished economic development professional with many years of experience in developing and transforming businesses into sustainable enterprises.  Ms. Hollis has developed countless partnerships throughout Arizona and abroad; making her a valuable commodity in our foundation.  She graduated from the University of Arizona and went on to earn her MBA degree from the University of Phoenix.


Member | State Aerospace & Defense Commission:
Arizona’s sole coordinator of all aerospace and defense related commercial partnerships. ​

Member | Aerospace States Association:
ASA is committed to supporting the aerospace and aviation industries in all 50 states.

Member | Public Policy Advisory Committee for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC):
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to helping economic developers do their job more effectively and raising the profile of the profession IEDC is the world's largest membership organization serving the economic development profession.

Chair | Rural Committee for the Arizona Association
of Economic Development (AAED):
The Rural Committee provides professional economic development assistance to rural communities, and conducts programs of particular benefit to members in rural communities. The committee also monitors legislative issues that may have a specific impact on the economy.

Member | Greater Arizona Development Authority (GADA):
The Greater Arizona Development Authority (GADA) assists local and tribal governments and special districts with the development of public infrastructure. GADA’s goals are to lower the costs of financing and help accelerate project development for public facilities owned, operated and maintained by a political subdivision, special district or Indian tribe. To accomplish this, GADA is authorized under statute to offer both financial and technical assistance programs.

Our Board of Directors consists of a diverse group of professionals that have excelled in their industries.  Each member brings a dynamic perspective to the operation of our foundation and they are dedicated to positively impacting we have on our regional economy.​​

President | Lynn Mattingly
Weatherguard Metal Construction, Inc. /
Owner & Chief Executive Officer
Vice President | Kevin Peterson
Huachuca 50 / President
Treasurer | Kirby Chapman
Sulfur Springs Valley Electric /
Chief Financial Officer & Administrative Officer
Secretary | Sheila DeVoe Heidman
Cochise College / Dean (Retired)
Board Member | Gary Haymore
Haymore Real Estate / Owner
Board Member | Paul Melo
Melo Law Firm, PC / Owner & Lawyer
Board Member | Ron Curtis
Arizona Southwest Credit Union / Executive Vice-President
Board Member | Rick Mueller
City of Sierra Vista / Mayor
Board Member | George Scott
Southeast Arizona Economic Development Group / Director