Charles County Department of Economic Development Receives International Excellence Award

Published Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Charles County Department of Economic Development is the recipient of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Excellence in Economic Development Bronze Award for its recently redesigned website, and branding.  

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 6, during the 2015 IEDC Annual Conference, held October 4-7, in Anchorage, Alaska.

“We are honored to be a recipient of the IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Award, and are thrilled that the IEDC awards committee recognized as one of the best-in-class economic development websites,” said Darrell Brown, director of the Charles County Department of Economic Development. “For the Charles County community and our organization, to have the work that we have done be recognized among some of the world’s best economic development programs is a true honor.”

According to IEDC, recipients of IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards demonstrate to an experienced panel of judges that they are at the forefront of the economic development profession. They are recognized as 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.

“From localized community projects, to large scale endeavors, economic development efforts have played a vital role in the global economy,” said JoAnn Crary, CEcD, chair of the International Economic Development Council and president of Saginaw Future, Inc. “As we address new and longstanding challenges, these efforts continue to take on even greater importance. The award serves as a salute to pacesetting organizations like Charles County’s Department of Economic Development for leading the charge."

Charles County Economic Development launched the new website in April 2015, along with a new logo and tagline – “Charles County: Close to the Capital, Far from Ordinary,” to help better market the county as an attractive location for business investment, as well as to increase community pride and recognition of the county’s assets among the local community. Designed for corporate executives, site selection consultants and local businesses, the new website provides decision makers with information about the county’s economic climate, incentives, and resources for doing business in Charles County. Featuring an attractive design with easy navigation, the website includes features tailored to the economic development audience, such as a geographic information system (GIS) planning tool, easily accessible economic data, company testimonials, and a business support section for businesses already operating in Charles County.

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,600 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.


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