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Mesa Office of Economic Development receives 6 awards, international reaccreditation

Posted 10/26/20

The City of Mesa’s Office of Economic Development has been honored by the International Economic Development Council with three gold and three silver Excellence in Economic Development …

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Mesa Office of Economic Development receives 6 awards, international reaccreditation

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The City of Mesa’s Office of Economic Development has been honored by the International Economic Development Council with three gold and three silver Excellence in Economic Development Awards.

The office was also awarded international recognition as an Accredited Economic Development Organization, according to a release.

The awards were presented at a ceremony on Oct. 15 during the IEDC Annual Conference held virtually due to the current pandemic.

“We are truly honored to be recognized for these six awards of excellence in economic development, in addition to our international reaccreditation,” City of Mesa Economic Development Director Bill Jabjiniak said in the release. “These awards are an affirmation of our economic development team and our community partners’ efforts to develop and promote Mesa as a premier location for companies from around the world to locate and expand.”

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. Thirty-five award categories honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban and rural communities.

Awards are judged by a diverse panel of economic and community developers from around the world, following a nomination process held earlier this year. IEDC received more than 500 submissions from four countries.

The City of Mesa Office of Economic Development won accolades in the following categories:

  • Gold Award: General Purpose Website, for www.SelectMesa.com.
  • Gold Award: Multi-Year Economic Development Program, for Elliot Road Technology Corridor.
  • Gold Award: Talent Development and Retention, for Arizona Advanced Manufacturing Institute. AzAMI is a Mesa Community College program. Key to this program was Mesa’s facilitation of a partnership between AzAMI and Boeing to develop a pipeline to recruit an additional 450 technicians through 2022. The Office of Economic Development partnered with MCC on this program and the awards submission.
  • Silver Award: Entrepreneurship, with LaunchPoint, Mesa’s technology accelerator.
  • Silver Award: Economic Equity and Inclusion, for “Mesa, AZ - The nation’s first Autism Certified City.” This is a Visit Mesa program. The Office of Economic Development partnered with Visit Mesa on the program and the awards submission.
  • Silver Award: Public-Private Partnerships, The UNION at Riverview.

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