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Press Release: Ada Jobs Foundation Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

9/21/2017 by Jessika Leatherbury
Tags: press release, iedc, award, website, James Eldridge


Ada Jobs Foundation Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for Progress for Ada Website


Washington, DC - The Ada Jobs Foundation won a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for their Progress for Ada website, a project in the category of Special Purpose Website of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 19, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held Sept. 17 - 20, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.     


2017 IEDC Chairman Michael Langley presents Bronze Excellence In Economic Development Award to AJF's James Eldridge 

"On behalf of the IEDC board of directors and Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee, congratulations to the Ada Jobs Foundation. Not only did they work to provide a necessary service to their community; but also, their participation in the awards program sheds lighton their stellar projects which other communities can now use as a benchmark."  - Michael Langley, FM, CEO of GREATER MSP, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, and 2017 IEDC Board Chair


"The website informs local citizens about the impact of a sales tax dedicated to economic development," said Ada Jobs Foundation Interim President James Eldridge.  "This website is unique because we simplified the technology involved in creating a website.  This allowed us to send our message to the Ada community at a very minimal cost, which could serve as a model for other small communities."


"The awards process is a thorough, non-biased and multi-layered process. These are extraordinary accomplishments for all winners, and an overall great effort by all participants. We look forward to next year's awards competition," Langley said.



About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit 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 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. Among many activities which benefit the economy, IEDC's members create high-quality jobs and develop vibrant communities.www.iedcONLINE.org


About the Ada Jobs Foundation

The Ada Jobs Foundation (AJF) contracts with the City of Ada to promote and recommend economic development opportunities with the city. AJF was established in 1998 to create and retain quality jobs for the Ada area. AJF serves as a "one-stop-shop" for economic development by coordinating with the city and other entities for Ada, Oklahoma's benefit. The Ada Jobs Foundation is a non-profit organization, funded in part by membership dues and tax deductible contributions. In addition to membership dues, funding is provided by a contract with the City of Ada.    www.growada.com