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Press Release: AJF Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

10/16/2015 by Jessika Leatherbury
Tags: Megan Ryan, International Economic Development Council, Awards, Annual Report

Ada Jobs Foundation Brings Home Gold
AJF Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award
from the International Economic Development Council


ADA, OKAHOMA – The Ada Jobs Foundation (AJF) received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2014 Ada Jobs Foundation Annual Report for communities with populations of less than 25,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Demonstrating that the AJF is at the forefront of the economic development profession.

“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 Ada Jobs Foundation for leading the charge.”

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. 34 awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Other gold winners recognized this year for best annual reports in their respective population categories were Montreal, Quebec; Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Oakville, Ontario.

Michael Southard, Ada Jobs Foundation President said, “It is an honor to receive recognition from an International organization like IEDC and be evaluated amongst so many other thriving cities across the country. This recognition is valuable in raising awareness of Ada amongst our peers in the economic development field, media, and companies looking to expand or relocate.”

The Ada Jobs Foundation Annual Report for 2014 was designed in-house by Megan Ryan, Economic Development Specialist for the Foundation, and contains an overview of the current and projected demographics, workforce statistics, industry trends, progress on long term initiatives, completed projects, and sets goals for the next year. The report is shared widely as an informational document but also used internally by staff and Ada Jobs Foundation Board. The report measures successes as well as set-backs and helps the board and community establish accountability for both, from year-to-year, while looking forward to the upcoming year. This year’s report was designed as a notebook and implemented the community branding efforts for the first time in an annual report. Successive years will be based on this design to create a comprehensive, branded record of activity in the organization and community. To view the Report visit www.adaworks.org

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. 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.adaworks.org