SARASOTA, Fla. (October 8, 2013) The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County has won the Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council for its 2012 annual meeting video produced by the HuB.
“The Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the EDC of Sarasota County as being one of the leading organizations in the industry for innovation, creativity and successful strategies,” said IEDC Chairman Paul Krutko.
The award, in the category for communities with populations of 200,000 to 500,000, was presented during an awards ceremony today during the IEDC’s annual conference in Philadelphia.
“This organization uses creative solutions and inventive ideas, and offers other regions a wonderful example to learn and benefit from,” Krutko said. “The award represents an acknowledgment and appreciation for the EDC of Sarasota County’s dedication to continuous growth within itself, as well as improving the industry overall.”
The video developed for last year’s annual meeting took the perspective of EDC President and CEO Mark Huey as he interacted with company leaders, board members, elected officials and EDC investors. Each of the business leaders shared their experiences about how the EDC helped them succeed. The video also allowed the county to highlight the thriving film industry that is growing in Sarasota County, and revealed the community’s competitive strengths.
“Our goal was to communicate the work of the EDC in an entertaining and memorable way,” Huey said after winning the award. “With the help of the talented people at the HuB Studios, mission accomplished.”
“We are excited about the recognition and even more excited for our EDC, which has done an amazing job in communicating the vision for our community,” said Rich Swier, founder of the Sarasota-based HuB Studios. “We really enjoyed producing the EDC short film. We knew we were pushing the envelope in creativity, so this award is confirmation that the risk was worth the reward.”
The video can be viewed at www.edcsarasotacounty.com.
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 EDC of Sarasota County is the private, not-for-profit corporation leading the community’s economic development strategy to add high-wage jobs and diversify the local economy. The EDC provides business assistance to companies in Sarasota County and helps forge solutions to community challenges that affect quality of life. The EDC works in partnership with chambers of commerce, local governments and other organizations throughout the county and the region. For more information, visit www.edcsarasotacounty.com.