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About the Excellence in Economic Development Awards

IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards program distinguishes the world's best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, as well as the year's most influential leaders. The awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban and rural communities. Winners will be recognized at the 2016 Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio Sep. 25-28.


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2016 Timeline

Call For Entries: Feb. 12
Early Bird Deadline: April 8
Final Deadline: May 13
Judging: June
Notifications: July/August
Awards Ceremony: IEDC Annual Conference, Sept. 25-28


How to Submit Applications

Step 1: Download an Awards Entry Packet.

Step 2: Review the award category descriptions, and consider one or more entries from your community.

Step 3: Postmark your application(s) by the May 13th deadline. Mail to:

Attn: Awards
734 15th Street NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005

Final deadline: Postmarked by Friday, May 13.

2016 Awards Fees (Per Entry)

Early Entry:
By April 8

Regular Entry:
April 9 - May 13

Communities with population < 25,000



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Best in Show

The Best in Show Award recognizes the top entry out of all 23 categories of promotional, program, and partnership awards. Submit your project for a chance to win Best in Show!

IEDC will reveal the winner at the Awards Ceremony during IEDC's Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

The 2015 recipient was Fox Cities Regional Partnership for their special event, Talent Upload.



Contact Nye Harte, External Affairs Coordinator, at or (202) 942-9483.


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