AED Honored with Excellence in Economic Development Awards

Arlington Economic Development (AED) has been honored with three separate Excellence in Economic Development Awards by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The awards were presented at a ceremony earlier this month during the IEDC Annual Conference in Toronto.

Gold Award“On behalf of the IEDC board of directors and Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee, congratulations to Arlington Economic Development. Not only did they work to provide a necessary service to their community; but also, their participation in the awards program sheds light on their stellar projects which other communities can now use as a benchmark” said Michael Langley, 2017 IEDC Board Chair.

AED took Gold in the Special Project Website category for its “,” a special recruitment oriented website. AED created as an attraction and retention tool for Nestlé USA to move its headquarters from Glendale, California to Arlington, Virginia. “DC is Calling” was created as a resource for Nestlé USA employees to learn about the Washington, D.C. area as the company considered relocating across the country.

AED was also honored with a Gold Award in the Special Purpose Print Promotion category for Startup Arlington, a collaborative initiative between Arlington and members of the business community designed to attract, educate and market to entrepreneurs outside of the Washington, D.C. region about the benefits of operating their business in Arlington. Startup Arlington provided one growing tech company the opportunity to experience the benefits of working and living in Arlington for three months, free of charge. The winning company’s work space, living space, and other amenities were provided by Arlington and its business partners. The 2017 competition received 129 applications from nine states and three countries. AED also partnered with Kiddar Capital to provide $25,000 in investment capital to the winner of Startup Arlington, which was GreenSight Agronomics, a big data company from Boston, Massachusetts.

Finally, AED earned a Bronze Award in Regionalism and Cross-Border Collaboration for its Dongsheng – U.S. Entrepreneurship Competition. For the last two years, AED has served as the U.S. host site partner for the global Dongsheng Entrepreneurship Competition, which helps to foster entrepreneurial relations between the U.S. and China.AED's Sindy Yeh accepts awards at IEDC 2017

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a nonprofit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. Among many activities which benefit the economy, IEDC’s members create high-quality jobs and develop vibrant communities.