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Cardinal Award

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Deadline to submit is Friday, July 3, 2020

Lifetime service awards for dedicated VEDA members. Past Recipients

The Cardinal Award is the most prestigious award bestowed by VEDA to deserving members. The award recognizes leadership in the field of economic development, outstanding professional accomplishments, and exceptional service to the organization. Nominations are open in early summer each year to VEDA past or current members. The nominator must be a member of the Association.

Community Economic Development Award (CEDA)

Awards recognizing best practices in Virginia.

Economic development is not a solo practice. Economic developers team with government, the private sector, and countless others to make Virginia’s communities competitive. Several years ago, the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) instituted a new awards program that recognized outstanding communities for their efforts in advancing the economic viability of their communities through economic and community development programs. Virginia follows the SEDC guidelines for the annual CEDA program.

The CEDA program recognizes the best practices and exceptional contributions of communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia for the following efforts:

  • Business Retention and Expansion
  • Business Recruitment
  • Community Development
  • Community Involvement

The CEDA Awards are presented at the VEDA Spring Conference annually.

Honorary Members

An Honorary Member must be an individual who, by virtue of his/her interest, participation, and leadership in economic and industrial development, has made outstanding contributions to the economic and industrial growth of the Commonwealth of Virginia. There is no schedule for announcing this award however; it is usually presented at the Spring Conference. Honorary Members may be nominated at any time during the year by any member of VEDA. The VEDA Board of Directors must vote (majority) on the nominee.

Legislator of the Year Award

Recognition for legislators who promote favorable economic development policies.

The LOTY Award recognizes legislators who are positively promoting economic development in Virginia. The VEDA Legislator of the Year Award (LOTY) was awarded for the first time in 2007 to Senator Walter A Stosch to recognize his efforts in serving as an ambassador for economic and community development in Virginia.


President's Award

It is the prerogative of the VEDA President to name a recipient of the President’s Award during his/her year in office. The award will be presented at the VEDA Fall Conference or the VEDA Annual Meeting if the VEDA President so chooses.



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