AED Honored at Annual CEDA Awards

Guest blog by Cyrena Pattillo, Business Investment Intern

Arlington's efforts in economic development have received top honors from the Commonwealth. Members from Arlington Economic Development’s (AED) business investment group took a road trip to Charlottesville, Virginia recently to receive an award from the Virginia Economic Development Association (VEDA) in its annual Community Economic Development Awards (CEDA) program. Arlington was honored for its Startup Arlington competition and also received two honorable mentions, one for AED's global Dongsheng Entrepreneurship competition and the other for dciscalling.com, a special website created for company employees after Nestlé announced that the company’s US Headquarters would be relocating to Arlington.

Arlington is on the fast track to become one of the country’s major technology hubs and in order to foster this growth, AED has made significant efforts to create programs that will attract the types of technology companies that will succeed in Arlington. VEDA especially recognized AED's Startup Arlington, envisioned as a nationwide competition for emerging and/or growing companies in the technology sector to compete for the ability to live and work in Arlington for three months at no cost to them. Because Startup Arlington is a collaborative effort among public and private partners, the competition is run at little cost to AED, while the results include tech sector growth, excitement among the entrepreneurial community, and overall great PR and buzz for AED, as well as for our partners and companies. The CEDA committee said that Startup Arlington was chosen for its collaborative spirit and its creative holistic prize package.

View AED's Awards and Honors here.

Topic: BIG Update