Three DEGC small business programs received Excellence in Economic Development Awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), including:
- D2D Procurement Program — Silver Award for Multi-Year Economic Development (Program manager: Brian Watkins)
- Green Grocer Project — Bronze Award for Neighborhood Development (Program manager: Mariangela (Mimi) Pled)
- REVOLVE Detroit — Bronze Award for Entrepreneurship (Program manager: Michael Forsyth)
“From localized community projects to large scale endeavors, economic development efforts have played a vital role in the global economy,” said JoAnn Crary, CEcD, chair, IEDC and president, Saginaw Future Inc. “As we address new and longstanding challenges, these efforts continue to take on even greater importance. These awards serve as a salute to pacesetting organizations like the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation for leading the charge.”
“Each one of these programs is part of our effort to build a whole ecosystem to support small businesses,” said Rodrick Miller, president and CEO, DEGC. “Our first priority is to provide jobs for Detroiters, and we need both large and small enterprises to sustain a globally competitive economy.”
“We’re very proud of the accomplishments of Brian, Mimi, Michael and their staffs, and we congratulate them for their hard work and innovative thinking,” said Olga Stella, chief operating officer, DEGC.
Recipients of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards demonstrate to an experienced panel of judges that they are at the forefront of the economic development profession. Recipients are recognized as the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and 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.
The honors were presented during the 2015 IEDC Annual Conference in October in Anchorage, Alaska.