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Amazing Turnout, Standout Campaigns During 2017 Economic Development Week

More than 170 communities and 188 organizations across North America celebrated Economic Development Week with a variety of great campaigns from May 8-13.

The goal of Economic Development Week (EDW) is to highlight the significant contributions and impacts that economic development and economic developers have on communities. Economic development is a set of programs and policies that aid in the creation, retention and expansion of jobs; the development of a stable tax base; and the enhancement of wealth.

This year, campaign activities ranged from open house events, ribbon cuttings for new businesses, special lectures and speaker series, social media posts, promotional videos and proclamations recognizing the event.

Three U.S. governors signed proclamations recognizing EDW across their states. These included Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Governor Greg Abbot of Texas and Governor Matt Mead of Wyoming. Principal Chief Bill John Baker of Cherokee Nation also signed a resolution. In addition, dozens of cities, counties, parishes and provinces signed proclamations across the U.S. and Canada. Mayor Bob Buckhorn of City of Tampa, FL, Mayor Byron W. Brown of Buffalo, NY and Mayor Gale Katchur of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta are a sample that signed city resolutions.

Many campaigns centered around educating community members about the benefits and successes of economic development. Videos and photos from several communities were posted to social media outlets showing successful development sites and initiatives. Op-Eds were placed in many local news outlets, and press coverage was earned at some events.

Now that EDW is over, communities who participated are encouraged to enter for an Innovation in Economic Development Award, where standout campaigns will be recognized. Those interested in submitting must postmark their entry by June 2. The awards will be presented at IEDC 2017 Annual Conference from September 17-20 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

IEDC is excited to announce that Economic Development Week will return in 2018, from May 7-12.