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Oconee Economic Alliance Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

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WASHINGTON, DC (Sept. 29, 2016) – The Oconee Economic Alliance of Seneca, SC, received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2016 project in the category of General Purpose Website from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 27, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held Sept. 25-28, in Cleveland, OH.

“On behalf of the IEDC board of directors and Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee, congratulations to the Oconee Economic Alliance. Not only did they work to provide a necessary service to their community; but also, their participation in the awards program sheds light on their stellar projects which other communities can now use a benchmark.”  - Barry Matherly, CEcD, FM, IEDC 2016 Board Chair, President & CEO of the Greater Richmond Partnership.

The Oconee Economic Alliance’s website is the organization’s most effective and most visible marketing tool. With substantial visual appeal and sensible navigability, this interactive website is both striking and operational. Not only a vital resource for the economic development team, this website is incredibly effective for showcasing Oconee County, South Carolina as a whole- highlighting its strategic location and unsurpassed geographic opportunities.

The website offers a section where site selectors can find all of the information they are looking for within a few clicks of their mouse, including up-to-date versions of the International Economic Development County Standard Data Set, available real estate and workforce information. The site also offers quick access to unique facts and figures of the county, and features a blog where visitors can read the latest economic development news out of Oconee County, South Carolina.

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. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural 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,” Matherly 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 4,700 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. IEDC’s members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions.

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