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Economic Development Week was created by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in 2016 to increase awareness of local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities, and improve the quality of life in communities everywhere. Over the span of three years, more than 450 campaigns have been created throughout the United States and Canada, creating millions of impressions, hundreds of news stories, blog entries, videos, events and other activities. Campaigns occurred in all 50 American states in 2018, with more than 60 communities officially proclaiming Economic Development Week. Since 2016, technology has opened new doors for creativity, which EDOs have taken advantage of by creating and sharing videos, infographics, banners, and many other types of materials which were spread far and wide on social media, websites, and in print.

What are the goals of #EconDevWeek?

Articulate: Voice the value of your contributions to your local economy
Organize: Build a base of support within your community for the work of your EDO
Show and Tell: Emphasize the importance of economic development through tangible examples and peer case studies
Amplify: Spread your message and increase exposure of the good work your EDO does

About the International Economic Development Council

International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. IEDC’s programs offer world-class professional development, accreditation, research and advocacy.