Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Competing against hundreds of economic development organizations from around the world, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) received six awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). No other economic development organization received as many awards.
"It is great to be recognized for our hard work," said MEDC President and CEO Don Jakeway, who received the awards Tuesday in St. Louis, MO. "We have a tremendous staff and incredible vendors who have assisted us with these marketing initiatives. These awards reinforce what we here in Michigan already know: that Michigan is home to quality and creative producers."
The IEDC's professional economic development awards annually recognize excellence in the economic development profession. Michigan received top honors for the following four initiatives located in an area with a population exceeding 200,000:
"Economic development efforts have always played a vital role in shoring up the nation's economy one locality at a time, but as the country struggles to emerge from the recent recession and war challenges, these efforts have taken on an increased importance," said IEDC Chairman Rick Weddle. "The award honors pace-setting organizations in economic development, one of which is the Michigan Economic Development Corporation."
The International Economic Development Council is headquartered in Washington, DC. Its mission is to provide leadership and excellence in economic development for communities, members and partners.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.