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The Athens Review
Athens Economic Development Corporation received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2012 project in the category of Magazines for communities with populations of less than 25,000 from the International Economic Development Council.
The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Oct. 8, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held October 6-9, in Philadelphia, Pa.
“The Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognizes the Athens Economic Development Corporation as being one of the leading organizations in the industry for innovation, creativity and successful strategies,” IEDC chair, Paul Krutko said. “These awards are meant to honor the organizations and individuals who are dedicated to making a positive change in their communities. This organization uses creative solutions and inventive ideas, and offers other regions a wonderful example to learn and benefit from. The award represents an acknowledgment and appreciation for the Athens Economic Development Corporation's dedication to continuous growth within itself, as well as improving the industry overall.”
Brian Malone, CEO, of AEDC, developed the marketing campaign strategy after TIP Strategies worked with the AEDC Board on a new strategic plan.
“We knew that the AEDC needed to do a better job of communicating the role that AEDC has in the development of Athens.” Malone said.
IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards were created to recognize the world's best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials and the year's most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban and rural communities.
Athens Economic Development Corporation was established in May, 1989 after voters elected to permit the corporation to receive a half-cent sales tax to fund the economic growth of Athens. These funds can be used to assist companies with infrastructure, relocation, training and other needs. In 2005, the corporation became a Type B Corporation, which provides for broader uses of the funds received.