WASHINGTON, DC (Sept. 19, 2017) – The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Pinellas County Economic Development and Pasco County Economic Development won a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for Tampa Bay Export Alliance / Global Tampa Bay, a project in the category of Regionalism and Cross – Border Collaboration of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 19, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held Sept. 17 – 20, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
“On behalf of the IEDC board of directors and Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee, congratulations to the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Pinellas County Economic Development and Pasco County Economic Development. Not only did they work to provide a necessary service to their community; but also, their participation in the awards program sheds light on their stellar projects which other communities can now use as a benchmark.” – Michael Langley, FM, CEO of GREATER MSP, Minneapolis–St. Paul, MN, and 2017 IEDC Board Chair
Following the success of the Tampa Bay Export Alliance’s collaborative partnership between the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and Pinellas County Economic Development created in 2014, the Pasco Economic Development Council joined the alliance in 2016 to usher in a new era of regionalism and integrated international strategy. By leveraging resources, all three EDOs focus on creating and implementing an effective trade and investment strategy for Tampa Bay, which is being viewed as a model example of collaboration throughout the state of Florida and at the national level.
“The awards process is a thorough, non-biased and multi-layered process. These are extraordinary accomplishments for all winners, and an overall great effort by all participants. We look forward to next year’s awards competition,” Langley said.
About the International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. Among many activities which benefit the economy, IEDC’s members create high-quality jobs and develop vibrant communities. www.iedcONLINE.org.