[Washington, DC] – The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) announces that the Tulare County Economic Development Corporation (TCEDC) once again has been recognized as one of 60 economic development organizations accredited by IEDC as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO). Originally accredited in 2001, the organization was reaccredited by IEDC following 16 successful years of activity as an AEDO member.“The Tulare County EDC displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving of this honor”, said IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle.
The AEDO program is a comprehensive peer review process that measures economic development organizations against commonly held standards in the profession. The program consists of two phases: a documentation review and an onsite visit. Each phase is designed to evaluate information about the structure, organization, funding, program, and staff of the candidate economic development organization. TCEDC was reviewed by a team consisting of economic development professionals from Pennsylvania and Missouri. The team noted that the TCEDC “marketing/workplan continues to be analytical and thoughtfully developed at both the strategic and tactical levels” and the TCEDC’s “work is tightly or in their words “solely focused on business attraction.” Their delivery on this continues to be thorough and well executed”.
“The EDC Board of Directors has made it a priority to be mission focused and vision driven and it is an honor to receive this professional designation” stated TCEDC Board Chairman George Vasquez. “It confirms the direction and work of the EDC is on target, strategic, and places us among the top in the economic development community” Vasquez added. Earning the AEDO accreditation tells the community and prospects that the TCEDC attained a measure of excellence assuring that their trust is well placed and their business is in good hands.
Maintenance of the AEDO status is required every three years and is accomplished through documentation submission and/or onsite visits by a team of the AEDO subcommittee.
The International Economic Development Council is the largest membership association serving economic and community development professionals in the world. With over 5,000 members nationwide and abroad, IEDC offers the economic development profession one source for information and professional development, one voice for the profession and one force for advocacy.
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Toronto, ON., September 18, 2017: Tulare County Economic Development Corporation was recognized as one of the top 25 digital economic development organizations (EDOs) in North America at the 2017 International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference. The annual Digital 25 reflects those organizations that best use digital technology to differentiate their communities online, and to better serve businesses.
The recognition comes from Community Systems, a company that develops websites and software to foster economic growth and tourism in communities across the world. The Digital 25 recognition is based on results from an annual survey of over 400 EDOs, analyzing how they use digital technology to drive growth and support community businesses.
“We’re thrilled to be recognized at IEDC as a digital leader in the economic development industry,” said Paul Saldana, President & CEO of the Tulare County EDC. “Embracing digital technology has helped the EDC save time, better serve businesses and create a better digital portal into the communities we represent.” The EDC is currently undergoing a major overhaul of its digital content and delivery systems, Saldana reported.
“We’re pleased to recognize these 25 leaders in the economic development community,” said Ben Wright, CEO of Community Systems. “These are some of the most successful EDOs in North America and we believe that’s a direct result of how they embrace and use digital technology to help businesses and community members.”
In July and August 2017, Community Systems surveyed 436 economic development practitioners about the importance they place on digital technologies, which technologies they’ve adopted, budget for technology as well as their overall attitudes about technology. Results showed how data driven technology is implementing positive change throughout the economic development community.
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