Economic Development Innovation & Leadership Awards Honor 20 Professionals
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
By GIS Planning
GIS Planning Inc., in partnership with fDi Intelligence, a division of the Financial Times in London, held an award ceremony in Fort Worth this evening to recognize 20 professionals from a variety of public and private organizations with Economic Development Leadership & Innovation Awards.
“Two key elements often define the success of communities and economic development professionals: leadership and innovation,” explains Anatalio Ubalde, CEO and co-founder of GIS Planning Inc. “These qualities move things forward and out of the inertia of tradition. They are central to the character of the economic development professionals that define, redefine, and elevate our society.”
“These recipients have the raised the bar for all economic development professionals. They challenge us to be more creative, more courageous and more broad-thinking in our approaches to investment attraction, job creation and business retention.”
The judges created a list of candidates based on changing the profession, demonstrating courage, overcoming incredible odds, organizing a successful initiative that was likely to fail and trying to create a trend to improve the profession.