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The Excellence in Economic Development Awards Have Arrived

Tuesday, February 13, 2018  
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Entries must be postmarked by May 11 for consideration








WillYour Program Be a Winner?


The 2018 Excellence in Economic Development Awards are here. Now is the time to showcase your organization’s most innovative economic developmentprograms, partnerships, and marketing materials, as well as the leaders who make it all possible.

Important Dates to Remember:

Early Bird Deadline: April 6

Final Deadline: May 11

Judging: June

Notification: July/August

Awards Presentation: September 30-October 3 during the 2018 IEDC Annual Conference


34 Categories. Endless Possibility.

You are sure to find a category (or more!)that fits your project. Each category falls within one of the following groups:



Show off the new promotional and marketing materials you use to highlight economic development in your community.



Internet & New Media

Here’s your chance to share innovative approaches to technology, whether through dynamic websites or social and digital media.




Celebrate the successful initiatives and economic development programs your community has built.




Highlight your collaborative efforts formed in support of economic development and growth.




Honor outstanding leaders both within and outside of the economic development profession who profoundly impact their communities.

New this year!Economic Equity & Inclusion Program Award

This award recognizes programs dedicated to improving the quality of life within a community through focused, innovative, and inclusive initiatives that incorporate the unique experiences and knowledge of underserved members of the community. These programs promote economic equity and inclusion and/or provide increased access to government and community resources to an underserved populace. The three-year program requirement is reduced to one year for this category.

Check out all the categories and requirements here.


Interested in learning more? Join us for a free webinar on Wednesday, March 7 at 2 pm EST.

Showcasing Excellence in Your Community: What You Need to Know about IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards


Gain insight from two awards insiders about the process and what it takes to submit an outstanding entry.

Quentin L. Messer

President & CEO
New Orleans Business Alliance
Chair, Awards Advisory Committee
See Quentin's bio

Siobian Smith
Executive Director, Operations
HQ Vancouver
2017 Best in Show Award for "This is my HQ Profile" Cards
See Siobian's bio

Visit the awards site now.

Sign up for the webinar now. Prepare for a winning experience!



International Economic Development Council

IEDC is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban and local to international, IEDC's members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.



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