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City Recognized By International Economic Development Council

City Recognized by International Economic Development Council

Economic Development Receives Excellence Award

Nashville, TN & Waynesboro, VA – City of Waynesboro Economic Development and Tourism department received a Silver Rank for its Key Industry Brochure series, a project in the category of Print Brochure of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented at the IEDC Annual Conference on Tuesday.

“It is truly an honor to have our work recognized by our peers,” says Greg Hitchin, Director of Economic Development and Tourism, “this brochure series was created in-house with design collaboration from Queen City Creative.”

“The winners of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the best of economic development and exemplify the leadership that our profession strives for every day,” said 2021 IEDC Board Chair and Invest Buffalo Niagara, President, and CEO Tom Kucharski. “We’re honored to recognize the more than 100 communities whose marketing submissions, projects, and partnerships have improved regional quality of life.”

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. 25 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, following a nomination process held earlier this year. IEDC received over 500 submissions from 4 countries.

Originally conceived pre-pandemic in preparation for an active trade show and marketing mission calendar, the project was stalled during 2020 and completed in early 2021.

Five key industry sector brochures and an Opportunity Zone prospectus form a complementary package of relevant information designed to provide basic information about the city including contact information, recent rankings or accolades, colorful photos, maps, icons depicting basic demographic information, and descriptions of the talent pipeline; cultural and recreational amenities; transportation and infrastructure; operating costs for that industry; incentives; and an industry overview with a historic twist.

Brochures are available on the Waynesboro Business website and are used to market Waynesboro to site location consultants, corporate real estate executives, and the local real estate community.

About the International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 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 engage in the full range of economic development experiences. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in various 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. Learn more at

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