York County Development Corporation Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

7 Oct 2015

Awards and Recognition

York County Development Corporation received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2015 project in the category of General Purpose Website for communities with populations less than 25,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 6, during the 2015 IEDC Annual Conference, which was held October 4-7, in Anchorage, Alaska.

“From localized community projects, to large scale endeavors, economic development efforts have played a vital role in the global economy,” said JoAnn Crary, CEcD, Chair of the International Economic Development Council and President of Saginaw Future Inc. “As we address new and longstanding challenges, these efforts continue to take on even greater importance. The award serves as a salute to pacesetting organizations like the York County Development Corporation for leading the charge.”

York County Development Corporation (YCDC) launched a new economic development website in June, 2014, and over the last year have continued to expand the site with new pages and information. The YCDC marketing committee identified three targets to focus the site on: existing businesses, potential businesses and people. It was imperative the website provide an ultimate user-friendly experience with navigation and functionality, easy access to tools and resources, viewable documents and videos, and have the ability to share information across major social networking sites. YCDC’s main priorities were value to existing businesses and being a tool in business and people recruitment efforts. Tools include: business resource directory, labor and workforce information, demographics, operating costs, transportation, infrastructure, business advantages, health, education, housing, membership directory, industrial and commercial sites and buildings, businesses for sale, jobs directory, video library, and news releases.

Recipients of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards demonstrate to an experienced panel of judges that they are at the forefront of the economic development profession. They are recognized as the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,600 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. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. www.iedconline.org.

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