Global business and economic development efforts recognized
(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) October 20, 2014 – The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) awarded Partnership Gwinnett with its 2014 Award of Excellence today for its Global Business Outreach Efforts – Responding to Globalization in communities with populations greater than 500,000 and its Multi-Year Economic Development Program award for Partnership Gwinnett’s Community and Economic Development Initiative. Presented at the IEDC’s Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, the awards were accepted by Mark Farmer, Director, Entrepreneurship and Information Services for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett.
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. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.
“Economic development efforts have long been a keystone in the quest to bolster the economy and improve quality of life in every locality across the country,” said Bill Sproull, IEDC chair. “As the nation continues to tackle challenges in the midst of global uncertainty, these efforts have taken on an even greater significance. With this award, we laud trendsetting organizations like Partnership Gwinnett for leading the charge.”
Partnership Gwinnett was recognized for the 2014 Silver Award of Excellence for Global Business Outreach efforts based on the implementation of an extensive global business recruitment strategy that includes: a sister-city agreement with Gangnam Gu, South Korea; global business and trade mission trips; an annual Global Trade Summit; a Global Business Council, consisting of nearly 250 members; a micro-site, GwinnettGlobal.com; the hosting of foreign delegations; and participation in international organizations and bilateral chambers.
“Gwinnett County is proud to have a reputation as leaders in global business,” stated Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash. “These awards of excellence further solidify our community as a premiere location to conduct business in the United States.”
The 2014 Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for a Multi-Year Economic Development program was also presented to Partnership Gwinnett (PG) for its public-private initiative dedicated to bringing jobs and capital investment to Gwinnett County, Georgia.
In 2006, the Gwinnett Chamber contracted Market Street Services to develop a comprehensive community and economic development plan for Gwinnett. Market Street’s recommendations formed the foundation of PG’s first five-year strategy. The success of this strategy’s implementation led to PG receiving the 2010 Award of Excellence from the IEDC.
“On behalf of our community partners, public and private, we are honored to be acknowledged for our global business, community and economic development efforts through the Partnership Gwinnett strategy,” said Nick Masino, Senior Vice President of Economic Development for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett.
Gwinnett County is home to four Fortune 500 headquarter companies and over 600 international companies, including eleven recent relocations and expansions. Partnership Gwinnett was recognized with the 2010 IEDC Multi-Year Economic Development Program Award and the 2012 Gold Award for Gwinnett’s Entrepreneur efforts.
The IEDC is a membership organization dedicated to assisting economic development teams create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. With more than 4,500 members, IEDC boasts the largest network of economic development professionals in the world. IEDC provides a range of services, including conferences, certification, professional development, publications, research, advisory services and legislative tracking.
For more information on the IEDC, please visit www.iedconline.org.
For more information on Partnership Gwinnett, please visit www.partnershipgwinnett.com.