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IEDC Announces 2018 National #EconDevWeek Official Celebration Dates: May 7Ė12, 2018

The International Economic Development Council has announced official celebration dates for its third National Economic Development Week campaign. 2018 campaigns will occur from May 7–12. The official campaign Hashtags are #EconDevWeek #EDW2018 and #QualityofLife.

More than 170 communities and 188 organizations across North America celebrated National Economic Development Week with a variety of campaigns from May 8–13. 2017 marks the second year IEDC hosted the celebration week.

What’s the Goal for Economic Development Week?

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.

With IEDC spearheading the celebration experience, communities’ 2016 and 2017 celebration activities ranged from open house events, ribbon cuttings for new businesses, special lectures, speaker series and other events. Communities took to social media, email and other electronic channels to post celebration materials, promotional videos and information about proclamations and resolutions recognizing the event. Op-Eds were placed in many local news outlets, and press coverage was earned at some events.

Economic Development Week Recognized Among State and Local Elected Officials

In 2017, 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, over 40 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, CA are a few that signed city resolutions.

Communities were invited to submit their campaigns into the IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Awards program. The category campaign was “Innovation in Economic Development Week”. The following campaigns won at the following levels:

Population: 25,000–200,000


“#SeasideLove for #EDW2017”
City of Seaside
Seaside, CA


“Celebrating Colorado’s Grand Valley”
The Grand Junction Area ED Partners
Innovation in Economic Development Week 2017
Grand Junction, CO

“Economic Development Week 2017”
McKinney EDC
McKinney Economic Development Corporation
McKinney, TX

Population: Greater than 500,000


Economic Development Week
Invest Buffalo Niagara
Buffalo, NY

“How Colorado Came Together to Market Economic Development”
Economic Development Council of Colorado & Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade CO

Campaign descriptions may be seen at www.iedcevents.org/Downloads/Awards/2017_winners.pdf.

Information about 2018 celebrations will launch December 2017 at iedconline.org/edw.