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Posted on: October 6, 2021

City of Surprise receives excellence awards from the International Economic Development Council

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The City of Surprise Economic Development Department has been recognized with three Excellence in Economic Development Awards by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC):

  • Silver Award - Surprise Virtual Spring Training Tent Event, a project in the category of Special Event
  • Silver Award - City of Surprise Annual Retail Survey, a project in the category of Multi-Year Economic Development Program
  • Silver Award - Drive to Surprise Virtual Tour, a project in the category of Multimedia/Video Promotion

IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world's best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year's most influential leaders. 25 award categories honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. This year, IEDC received over 500 submissions from four countries.

“The winners of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the best of economic development and exemplify the leadership that our profession strives for every day,” said 2021 IEDC Board Chair and Invest Buffalo Niagara, President, and CEO Tom Kucharski. “We’re honored to recognize the more than 100 communities whose marketing submissions, projects, and partnerships have improved regional quality of life.”

Winners of the Excellence in Economic Development Awards were recognized at IEDC's Annual Conference in Nashville, TN. This year, Surprise Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic was there to accept the awards for Surprise.

The 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. Learn more at iedconline.org.

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