2020 Excellence in Economic Development Awards

2020 Excellence in Economic Development Awards
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 34 awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Winners are recognized at IEDC's Annual Conference in Dallas, TX.

There are three steps to the IEDC Awards submission process:

1.Pay for submission(s)
2.Fill in submission form with code received in payment confirmation email*
3.Mail in any physical/supplemental submission material (optional)

Download the Excellence Awards Packet (link forthcoming) for more information>*IMPORTANT: If you do not receive your receipt and confirmation email within two (2) business days, please email awards@iedconline.org or contact (202) 942-9483.
When
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM

Program


Friday, 31 January 2020

 
For communities with a population less than 25K. A print brochure serves either a general purpose or special purpose in communicating facts about a geographical/market area to prospects (industrial, commercial, retail or general development and investment). Print brochures may also promote specific programs, services, initiatives or events offered by your organization.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. A print brochure serves either a general purpose or special purpose in communicating facts about a geographical/market area to prospects (industrial, commercial, retail or general development and investment). Print brochures may also promote specific programs, services, initiatives or events offered by your organization.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population less than 25K. A promotional piece (other than a brochure), series of promotional pieces or a promotional campaign including but not limited to a folder, poster, print ad, direct mail campaign or other campaign.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. A promotional piece (other than a brochure), series of promotional pieces or a promotional campaign including but not limited to a folder, poster, print ad, direct mail campaign or other campaign.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population less than 25K. A promotional piece, series of promotional pieces or promotional campaign that contains non-printed elements. This can include videos or mailed promotional items.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. A promotional piece, series of promotional pieces or promotional campaign that contains non-printed elements. This can include videos or mailed promotional items.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population less than 25K. A report summarizing an economic development organization’s annual activities and/or fiscal highlights.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. A report summarizing an economic development organization’s annual activities and/or fiscal highlights.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population less than 25K. One or a series of two or more paid black-and-white or color advertisements with a common economic development theme published on the web or in a print medium such as a newspaper or magazine.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. One or a series of two or more paid black-and-white or color advertisements with a common economic development theme published on the web or in a print medium such as a newspaper or magazine.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population less than 25K. A publication that is published periodically in which its content addresses economic development issues or informs readers of the economic development activities of your organization.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. A publication that is published periodically in which its content addresses economic development issues or informs readers of the economic development activities of your organization.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population less than 25K. A meeting, seminar, marketing tour, event, or trip designed to develop prospects and promote economic development.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. A meeting, seminar, marketing tour, event, or trip designed to develop prospects and promote economic development.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population less than 25K. Promotional campaign completed during and in conjunction with 2020 Economic Development Week. Types of promotion include, but are not limited to, an event, seminar, marketing tour, web or print projects, video and social and digital media campaigns. The award will be judged by the following criteria:

- Goal/Mission
- Innovation/Creativity
- Effectiveness of EDW promotion
- Community or other EDO involvement (local, regional or state level)
- Use and quality of promotion utilizing social media
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. Promotional campaign completed during and in conjunction with 2020 Economic Development Week. Types of promotion include, but are not limited to, an event, seminar, marketing tour, web or print projects, video and social and digital media campaigns. The award will be judged by the following criteria:

- Goal/Mission
- Innovation/Creativity
- Effectiveness of EDW promotion
- Community or other EDO involvement (local, regional or state level)
- Use and quality of promotion utilizing social media
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population less than 25K. Websites designed to promote city, state, or regional economic development organizations. This category will honor communities and organizations that are using the World Wide Web as an effective marketing tool to promote services and offer information to clients.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. Websites designed to promote city, state, or regional economic development organizations. This category will honor communities and organizations that are using the World Wide Web as an effective marketing tool to promote services and offer information to clients.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population less than 25K. A specialized website designed for a specific purpose such as promoting community data/demographics, sites and buildings, tourism or other specific types of marketing related to economic development. The website must be for a single specific purpose and have a unique URL to demonstrate it is separate from a primary website.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. A specialized website designed for a specific purpose such as promoting community data/demographics, sites and buildings, tourism or other specific types of marketing related to economic development. The website must be for a single specific purpose and have a unique URL to demonstrate it is separate from a primary website.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population less than 25K. This award recognizes the innovative use of digital media technologies in economic development. (All types of digital media initiatives are eligible such as marketing, BRE, entrepreneurship development, or talent attraction).
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. This award recognizes the innovative use of digital media technologies in economic development. (All types of digital media initiatives are eligible such as marketing, BRE, entrepreneurship development, or talent attraction).
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population less than 25K. A program, initiative, or creation of business improvement districts, special improvement districts, workforce investment boards, redevelopment agencies, local economic development corporations that fosters economic development. Applicants should be able to demonstrate results over a minimum period of three years of operation in a manner that has been documented.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. A program, initiative, or creation of business improvement districts, special improvement districts, workforce investment boards, redevelopment agencies, local economic development corporations that fosters economic development. Applicants should be able to demonstrate results over a minimum period of three years of operation in a manner that has been documented.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population less than 25K. This award honors economic development initiatives that focus on retaining and growing existing businesses within communities and regions.  Applicants should demonstrate extensive cross-community collaboration and the ability to adapt and respond quickly to unforeseen events.  This award recognizes effective, innovative BRE programs or initiatives.  

- This award recognizes both single events and multi-year programs with three (3) or more years of establishment in which a community successfully mobilized to retain and/or expand an existing business.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. This award honors economic development initiatives that focus on retaining and growing existing businesses within communities and regions.  Applicants should demonstrate extensive cross-community collaboration and the ability to adapt and respond quickly to unforeseen events.  This award recognizes effective, innovative BRE programs or initiatives.  

- This award recognizes both single events and multi-year programs with three (3) or more years of establishment in which a community successfully mobilized to retain and/or expand an existing business.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population less than 25K. This award recognizes programs, policies, or initiatives that nurture and support individuals or emerging small businesses to develop their ideas, products, and/or services into viable, competitive businesses. This can include, but is not limited to, providing access to finances, services, experts, networks, mentors, technology transfer, management resources, and fast learning environments.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. This award recognizes programs, policies, or initiatives that nurture and support individuals or emerging small businesses to develop their ideas, products, and/or services into viable, competitive businesses. This can include, but is not limited to, providing access to finances, services, experts, networks, mentors, technology transfer, management resources, and fast learning environments.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population less than 25K. This award recognizes innovative programs that stimulate economic and retail development on a neighborhood scale. It includes the range of strategies, initiatives and investments that seek to facilitate the revitalization or redevelopment of distressed or devastated neighborhoods including retail oriented, business-oriented, people-oriented, place oriented, and community-building efforts.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. This award recognizes innovative programs that stimulate economic and retail development on a neighborhood scale. It includes the range of strategies, initiatives and investments that seek to facilitate the revitalization or redevelopment of distressed or devastated neighborhoods including retail oriented, business-oriented, people-oriented, place oriented, and community-building efforts.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. This award distinguishes economic development efforts that develop strategic approaches and programs to meet one or more of following objectives: 1) strengthening the skills of the local workforce; 2) enhancing the skill sets of low-skilled and other disadvantaged workers; 3) increasing employment opportunities and experiential learning opportunities for emerging and disadvantaged workers (youth, aging workers, low skilled); 4)  retraining programs for the workforce; 5) developing the pool of knowledge workers, including youth in the pipeline; 6) creating initiatives to retain and relocate local workers; 7) developing strategic marketing initiatives to attract talent including social media channels; and 8) better integrating and aligning economic and workforce development activities through systematic attempts at building a workforce system.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population less than 25K. This award distinguishes economic development efforts that develop strategic approaches and programs to meet one or more of following objectives: 1) strengthening the skills of the local workforce; 2) enhancing the skill sets of low-skilled and other disadvantaged workers; 3) increasing employment opportunities and experiential learning opportunities for emerging and disadvantaged workers (youth, aging workers, low skilled); 4)  retraining programs for the workforce; 5) developing the pool of knowledge workers, including youth in the pipeline; 6) creating initiatives to retain and relocate local workers; 7) developing strategic marketing initiatives to attract talent including social media channels; and 8) better integrating and aligning economic and workforce development activities through systematic attempts at building a workforce system.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. This award recognizes innovative real estate redevelopment or reuse projects purpose-built or adaptively reused for the creation of jobs or for increasing the tax base.  By demonstrating a measurable and quantitative impact on employment and the tax base, winning projects will also serve as catalysts for economic development in the area or region and will demonstrate innovative partnership approaches including public and private sectors.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population less than 25K. This award recognizes innovative real estate redevelopment or reuse projects purpose-built or adaptively reused for the creation of jobs or for increasing the tax base.  By demonstrating a measurable and quantitative impact on employment and the tax base, winning projects will also serve as catalysts for economic development in the area or region and will demonstrate innovative partnership approaches including public and private sectors.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. 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.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population less than 25K. 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.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. This award includes submissions for programs, activities, and projects that represent a successful recovery initiative from natural and man-made disasters, as well as submissions that represent replicable measures undertaken to promote long term resiliency and/or sustainability from future disasters.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population less than 25K. This award includes submissions for programs, activities, and projects that represent a successful recovery initiative from natural and man-made disasters, as well as submissions that represent replicable measures undertaken to promote long term resiliency and/or sustainability from future disasters.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. This category recognizes partnership with non-traditional financing resources and/or use of non-traditional methods of financing for economic and business development projects, activities, and programs. Examples include New Market Tax Credits and non-traditional revolving loan funds through the USDA, EDA, and HUD CDBG.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population less than 25K. This category recognizes partnership with non-traditional financing resources and/or use of non-traditional methods of financing for economic and business development projects, activities, and programs. Examples include New Market Tax Credits and non-traditional revolving loan funds through the USDA, EDA, and HUD CDBG.
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. IEDC is always interested in new and creative approached to economic development. If you have an outstanding project that does not seem to fit in the other award categories, nominate it here. Does the project, program or initiative offer an innovative or unique approach to an organizational management or development challenge? Is it something never before utilized (as far as you know) or is a unique approach to a common issue? Does the submission present a solution other organizations could modify for their own circumstances?
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population less than 25K. IEDC is always interested in new and creative approached to economic development. If you have an outstanding project that does not seem to fit in the other award categories, nominate it here. Does the project, program or initiative offer an innovative or unique approach to an organizational management or development challenge? Is it something never before utilized (as far as you know) or is a unique approach to a common issue? Does the submission present a solution other organizations could modify for their own circumstances?
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. This award recognizes outstanding and innovative development projects that have significantly enhanced revitalizations of communities, states, or regions. Winners represent efforts in which larger private contributions have been added to smaller, vital public commitments. Nominees should demonstrate:

- The extent to which public and private sector participants have formed a true partnership or joint venture in planning, development and financing the project
­Direct economic benefit to the community (such as jobs and tax base) 
­Spin-off impact of the project
­Creativity or innovation in packaging the project (e.g., land acquisition, joint venture aspects and financing)
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population less than 25K. This award recognizes outstanding and innovative development projects that have significantly enhanced revitalizations of communities, states, or regions. Winners represent efforts in which larger private contributions have been added to smaller, vital public commitments. Nominees should demonstrate:

- The extent to which public and private sector participants have formed a true partnership or joint venture in planning, development and financing the project
­Direct economic benefit to the community (such as jobs and tax base) 
­Spin-off impact of the project
­Creativity or innovation in packaging the project (e.g., land acquisition, joint venture aspects and financing)
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. This award recognizes excellence in economic development through meaningful linkages with postsecondary education. This includes, but is not limited to, collaboration in areas of real estate development, community-related research or technical assistance, economic strategy, workforce development, technology transfer, talent attraction and retention, entrepreneurship, and other relevant efforts. The focus will be on the nature and character of the partnership as well as the programmatic outcomes. Nominees should demonstrate:

- The extent to which the participants have formed a true partnership or joint venture in planning, development and financing the project
- Direct economic benefit to the community, such as creating jobs, increasing the tax base, or other results related to the partnership's goal
- Spin-off impact of the partnership
- Creativity or innovation in organizing and/or governing the partnership
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population less than 25K. This award recognizes excellence in economic development through meaningful linkages with postsecondary education. This includes, but is not limited to, collaboration in areas of real estate development, community-related research or technical assistance, economic strategy, workforce development, technology transfer, talent attraction and retention, entrepreneurship, and other relevant efforts. The focus will be on the nature and character of the partnership as well as the programmatic outcomes. Nominees should demonstrate:

- The extent to which the participants have formed a true partnership or joint venture in planning, development and financing the project
- Direct economic benefit to the community, such as creating jobs, increasing the tax base, or other results related to the partnership's goal
- Spin-off impact of the partnership
- Creativity or innovation in organizing and/or governing the partnership
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population less than 25K. This award focuses on innovative approaches to regionalism and other forms of cross-border cooperation (across city, county, state, province or international borders). The efforts can focus on any area(s) of economic development (e.g. business retention and expansion, marketing, trade, tourism, etc…). Applicants should demonstrate innovative approaches to fostering, governing, and sustaining regional and cross-border collaboration, including:

- Governance mechanisms (e.g. board selection, membership, stakeholder participation)
- Financing (e.g. revenue sharing arrangements)
- Management (e.g. conflict resolution strategies, project management)
- Success measures relevant to the objectives of the partnership
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. This award focuses on innovative approaches to regionalism and other forms of cross-border cooperation (across city, county, state, province or international borders). The efforts can focus on any area(s) of economic development (e.g. business retention and expansion, marketing, trade, tourism, etc…). Applicants should demonstrate innovative approaches to fostering, governing, and sustaining regional and cross-border collaboration, including:

- Governance mechanisms (e.g. board selection, membership, stakeholder participation)
- Financing (e.g. revenue sharing arrangements)
- Management (e.g. conflict resolution strategies, project management)
- Success measures relevant to the objectives of the partnership
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population less than 25K. This award recognizes a non-profit, public agency/authority, or economic development unit within a local government with a primary mission of economic development that has demonstrated long term strategic planning, organizational development and significant community impact and/or innovation. The organization does not have to be a certified AEDO to apply. Applicants should demonstrate:

- Program innovation/continuity
- Leadership quality/consistency
- Measured metrics 
- Performance benchmarks
- Objectives and goals
- Community interaction/impact
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

For communities with a population greater than 25K. This award recognizes a non-profit, public agency/authority, or economic development unit within a local government with a primary mission of economic development that has demonstrated long term strategic planning, organizational development and significant community impact and/or innovation. The organization does not have to be a certified AEDO to apply. Applicants should demonstrate:

- Program innovation/continuity
- Leadership quality/consistency
- Measured metrics 
- Performance benchmarks
- Objectives and goals
- Community interaction/impact
Time
1/31/2020 - 5/22/2020 11:59 PM
1/31/2020

Sign In