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South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development Receives Two Excellence in Economic Development Awards from the International Economic Development Council

Thursday, October 10, 2013
 

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development received two Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Awards for its 2012 projects in the categories of Annual Report and Special Event for service areas with populations greater than 500,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The 2012 Governor’s Hunt was the “special event” that earned the GOED the second award.

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 8, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held Oct. 6 - 9, in Philadelphia, Pa.

“The Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development as being one of the leading organizations in the industry for innovation, creativity and successful strategies,” said IEDC chair, Paul Krutko. “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 South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development’s dedication to continuous growth within itself, as well as improving the industry overall.”

“We put a lot of hard work into our projects, so we are honored to be recognized for our efforts,” said Pat Costello, Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “This is a real testament to the talent and dedication of the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development staff.”

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. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,000 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. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.

About South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development

The South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) works to expand primary job opportunities for all South Dakotans. We strive to retain and expand existing businesses, foster new businesses, facilitate business succession and recruit out-of-state businesses. The GOED publishes a yearly annual report and distributes it to shareholders, media, partners and prospects.  The intent of the project is to inform our shareholders about our success during the past year. We also use it as a recruiting tool for companies looking to expand to South Dakota. With the exception of the printing, this piece was done entirely in-house.


 

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