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Creating awareness for community programs that increase the quality of life


Created by the International Economic Development Council, and inspired by IEDC’s Immediate Past Chair, Barry Matherly, CEcD FM, President and CEO, Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc., the goal of Economic Development Week (EDW) is to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life. EDW is a nationwide campaign that consists of online activities designed to highlight the importance of economic development taking place in the United States. The 2017 event dates are May 8-13.

IEDC encourages communities to get involved and take part in the celebration by downloading the Celebration Guide. Download now to see:

Press release template 
• Electronic and print advertising templates
• City, county and state resolutions templates
• Social media marketing sample promotional messaging
• Event ideas and more


See highlights from 2016 Economic Development Week celebrations, including actual news stories, electronic versions of signed resolutions and snapshots of social media campaigns from across the United States. Download this keepsake of written and pictorial memories.

Get started now and create awareness for your community programs that increase the quality of life.