The International Economic Development Council Recognizes Kitsap Economic Development Alliance for Excellence in Economic Development

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21 Sep 2022

News, Marketing

KEDA Honored for Digital Media During the IEDC Annual Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the world's largest professional association for economic developers, has selected Kitsap Economic Development Alliance as a recipient of its 2022 Excellence Awards. During the IEDC Annual Conference, the awards honor organizations for exemplary economic development marketing campaigns, projects, and programs. Kitsap Economic Development Alliance was selected as the Silver Recipient for the Digital Media category in honor of its efforts in creating positive change within the community.

“Communities need our profession now more than ever. This year's awardees exemplify the ingenuity, leadership, and determination needed to meet the challenges of today and the future. The winners of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the best of economic development and demonstrate the level of leadership that our profession strives for every day,” shared IEDC President and CEO Nathan Ohle.

“This year’s awards selection process was especially competitive. We are honored to recognize the more than 100 communities whose marketing submissions, projects, and partnerships have improved regional quality of life,” added IEDC Awards Advisory Committee Chair Christina Winn.

Awards are judged by a diverse panel of economic and community developers worldwide. IEDC received over 500 submissions from the United States and four other countries worldwide.

The Digital Media award presentation has brought recognition and acclaim to the Kitsap, WA community as the event was attended by economic development professionals and site consultants worldwide. The Kitsap Economic Development Alliance digital media campaign (#ShopEatSpendKitsap) was initiated to support local downtown businesses during the 2021 holiday season. Thanks to the campaign, not only have businesses benefited from community support and exposure, but KEDA has also developed a much stronger working relationship with the local business community.



The INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,800 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 engage in the full range of economic development practices. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in various 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.

KITSAP ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE has the mission to facilitate healthy economic growth and investments that support livable, resilient communities fueled by innovation and the diverse people and businesses of Kitsap. Kitsap offers an exceptional quality of life plus all the benefits of the Seattle region without the gridlock and high prices. This is the place - economic vitality for all, in one spectacular place.

GOLDEN SHOVEL AGENCY is a full-service economic development marketing agency. Whether the goal is to attract and support great businesses or great talent, it is the specialist in the industry. The agency has helped hundreds of communities across the globe shape and tells their stories to strengthen the vitality of their regional economies.