Chattanooga Chamber Receives Excellence In Economic Development Award From International Economic Development Council

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) presented the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce with a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2012 project in the category of Special Purpose Brochure for communities with populations of 200,000 – 500,000.

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony held during the IEDC Annual Conference in Philadelphia, on Oct. 8.

“The Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce as being one of the leading organizations in the industry for innovation, creativity and successful strategies,” said IEDC Chairman 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 Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s dedication to continuous growth within itself, as well as improving the industry overall.”

Chattanooga IQ 2012: An Executive Briefing on the Local Economy is a concise document that offers a snapshot of the status of existing business, as well as the community's strengths and weaknesses from the perspective of local companies.  Conducted by a mix of Chattanooga Chamber staff and community volunteers, the report reflects the aggregate responses of 100 area businesses that were surveyed between the months of March and July in 2012 about various local economic indicators.

According to Charles Wood, vice president of economic development for the Chattanooga Chamber, recognition by the IEDC spotlights Chattanooga’s competitiveness as a business region.

“In the last few years, we’ve re-doubled our efforts to provide additional support for local companies because they are the job creation engines of our local economy,” he said. “IEDC’s recognition confirms the effectiveness of our efforts while telling companies that are considering where to local that Chattanooga provides excellent follow-through after an initial investment.”

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.


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