KEDC Recognized as Economic Development Organization of the Year

KEDC Staff posing for a photo
Oct 23, 2020
Sonya Waters

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has recognized KEDC as the national “Economic Development Organization of the Year”, for cities with a population under 25,000. The Excellence in Economic Development award was presented at the IEDC annual conference last week.  

“It is an honor to have KEDC recognized on a national level for such a high achievement, we’ve always known what an amazing job KEDC does, but now everyone does!” exclaims Mayor Ronnie Spradlin. “This award acknowledges the hard work, planning and innovation that KEDC has demonstrated over the years.”

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. 35 award categories honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Awards are judged by a diverse panel of economic and community developers from around the world, following a nomination process held earlier this year. IEDC received over 500 submissions from 4 countries.

 “The winners of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the very best of economic development and exemplify the ingenuity, integrity, and leadership that our profession strives for each and every day,” said 2020 IEDC Board Chair and One Columbus CEO Kenny McDonald. “We’re honored to recognize the more than 100 communities whose marketing campaigns, projects and partnerships have measurably improved regional quality of life.”

“On behalf of the KEDC board of directors and staff, we are proud and humbled at being named the Economic Development Organization of the Year,” said Bob Davis, KEDC Board President. “This award recognizes Kilgore, Texas among the top economic development organizations in the nation.”