Williston Economic Development Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award
Williston Economic Development received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2015 project in the category of Partnerships with Educational Institutions for communities with populations of 25,000 - 200,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Monday, October 5, during the 2015 IEDC Annual Conference, which was held October 4 - 7, in Anchorage, Alaska.
"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 the Williston Economic Development for leading the charge."
The goal of TRAINND was to construct a 20,000 sq. foot regional workforce training and education center. Envisioned was a facility that will provide opportunities to hold training classes, business meetings and other events. To help close the funding gap on this 7.5 Million dollar project, the Williston Economic Development STAR FUND made a $750,000.00 commitment to the project and challenged other business to do the same.
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.
About the International Economic Development Council
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