IEDC Award for Excellence in Economic Development

The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) recently won a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for its Data Portal 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.

“On behalf of the IEDC board of directors and Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee, congratulations to the Las Vegas Global 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 as a benchmark.”  – Michael Langley, FM, CEO of GREATER MSP, Minneapolis–St. Paul, MN, and 2017 IEDC Board Chair

The LVGEA Data Portal is designed to provide information about Southern Nevada’s vibrant economy and its diverse population base. Data exists at the regional and city level within Clark County. The Data Portal is a gateway allowing you to visualize how the region is trending, see where businesses are located, and compare the Southern Nevada market to others around the United States.

Click here to view the LVGEA’s Data Portal.

Also honored at the IEDC Annual Conference was LVGEA COO Jared Smith, who earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.

The CEcD designation recognizes qualified and dedicated practitioners in the economic development field and sets the standard of excellence within the profession. Candidates must pass a rigorous and comprehensive examination, which has three parts and spans two days. The exam tests a practitioner’s knowledge, proficiency and judgment in the following key areas of economic development:

  • business retention and expansion
  • finance & credit analysis
  • marketing and attraction
  • strategic planning
  • entrepreneurial & small business development
  • managing economic development organizations
  • neighborhood development strategies
  • real estate development & reuse
  • technology-led economic development
  • workforce development strategies

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