Friday, October 11, 2013

City Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award


The City’s Department of Economic & Community Development received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2012 brochure in the category of Specific Purpose Brochure for communities with populations of 200,000- 500,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 8, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held October 6-9, in Philadelphia.

“The Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the city of Richmond’s Department of Economic & Community Development as being one of the leading organizations in the industry for innovation, creativity and successful strategies,” said IEDC chair, Paul Krutko. “These awards are meant to honor the organizations and individuals who are dedicated to making a positive change in their communities. This organization uses creative solutions and inventive ideas, and offers other regions a wonderful example to learn and benefit from. The award represents an acknowledgment and appreciation for the Department of Economic & Community Development’s dedication to continuous growth within itself, as well as improving the industry overall.”
            
Richmond’s Commercial Corridor Snapshot booklet gives detailed descriptions and demographic statistics on ten commercial corridors within the city. In addition, each page includes quotes from businesses located in the neighborhood, walking scores, images, maps, and bullet points on top assets of each of the areas. The booklet is of value to companies interested in learning about the different areas of the city in which they could locate.

“Our city has many outstanding advantages accompanied with a rich and diverse community throughout our neighborhoods and corridors. The City’s Department of Economic and Community Development has done a tremendous job of showcasing this information for potential businesses and residents alike in their print publications and on http://www.yesrichmondva.com/,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones.

IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. 

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,000 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. http://www.iedconline.org/.