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Showcasing Excellence in Your Community

Date: March 4, 2021

Time:  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm ET

Price:  Free

Registration Deadline: March 4 at 12:30 pm ET

Questions? Please contact webinar@iedconline.org


IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards program highlights the world's most innovative economic development marketing materials, influential leaders, programs and partnerships. IEDC honors recipients at its Annual Conference each year. Join this webinar to:

- Gain ideas for eligible projects and programs
- Understand how to submit a complete entry
- Ask your tough questions to an award recipient
- Hear from a judge on the evaluation process and criteria
- Discover how the Excellence in Economic Development Awards program can benefit your organization



Jane Jenkins
President & CEO
Downtown OKC Partnership
Oklahoma City, OK

Jane Jenkins, an adopted native of Charleston, South Carolina, has served as the President and CEO of Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership since March of 2009. Jane came to DOKC after serving in a similar capacity in Boulder, Colorado for nine years. 

With over 33 years of experience in downtown revitalization and management, Jane is an internationally recognized speaker and expert on urban issues. She is a former Chairman for the International Downtown Association Board of Directors and has served on numerous local and national boards throughout her career.  An experienced speaker and trainer, she has worked as a panelist and team member for the American Institute of Architects, the International Downtown Association, the National Main Street Center and the Urban Land Institute.  In 2014, Jane earned accreditation from the Congress for New Urbanism and she was recently named a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Place Management in Manchester, England.
As President of DOKC Partnership, she has primary responsibility for the oversight of the Downtown Oklahoma City Business Improvement District.  In addition, she serves as the executive for the Downtown Oklahoma City Initiatives, Bricktown Association, Midtown Association and Automobile Alley Association. She is a graduate of Oral Roberts University, where she earned a BA in Communication Arts Education. She also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University North Texas in Denton, where she served as president of Pi Alpha Alpha, the MPA honor society. A former high school educator, Jane was teacher of the year at Union High School in Tulsa in 1984.


Victoria Adams Phipps
Chief Strategy Officer
New Orleans Business Alliance
New Orleans, LA

Victoria Adams Phipps is a nonprofit executive and impact strategist who was pivotal in solidifying New Orleans’ status as a hub of entrepreneurial activity. She is the Chief Strategy Officer at the New Orleans Business Alliance, the economic development engine for the city of New Orleans. In this role, she leads operational strategy, program design, and strategic communications.

Most notably, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Victoria led relief efforts that generated $1.5MM in direct relief for New Orleanians, including gig economy workers, hospitality workers, and small businesses. Her work with the Gig Economy Relief Fund has received national acclaim from local and national media, including Forbes, Billboard, The Advocate | Times-Picayune, and Biz New Orleans.

Prior to joining the New Orleans Business Alliance team, Victoria was Executive Producer of
New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, a week-long festival celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship that was a major driver of economic revitalization for New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina. In this role, Victoria worked with organizations like Google, JPMorgan Chase, Salesforce.com, and Uber to engage over 50,000 event attendees, driving $4.3MM in funding and resources to local startup ventures. Her efforts contributed to New Orleans being ranked #5 City Where Entrepreneurship is Booming by Entrepreneur Magazine and solidified Inc. Magazine’s declaration that New Orleans is the “Coolest Startup City in America.”

Originally from, Miami, Florida, Victoria received her Bachelor of Science from Loyola University New Orleans and certification in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University. Victoria serves on the board of directors at Good Work Network, the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center, and Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, where she Chairs the Strategy Committee. She is a past Curator within Global Shapers, a global community of young leaders established by the World Economic Forum. She’s an active member of the Junior League of New Orleans, and an alumna of the New Leaders Council Institute. Victoria has received numerous accolades including: Gambit’s 40 Under 40; New Orleans Magazine’s Top Female Achievers; Biz New Orleans’ Women to Watch; and CityBusiness’ Women of the Year. Most recently, she was named the Young Economic Development Professional of the Year by the International Economic Development Council.


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