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Excellence in Economic Development

Mark Marich



Secretary Locke (left) with PDE's Jonathan Ortmans at a previous meeting discussing entrepreneurship as a means of economic development

Last week, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced the seven winners of the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Excellence in Economic Development Awards 2009. “Excellence Award winners exemplify the importance of supporting regional strategies to ensure American communities succeed in the global marketplace and create higher-skill, higher-wage jobs,” Locke said.

The winners are provided below by category.

Excellence in Urban or Suburban Economic Development
JumpStart, Inc.
Cleveland, Ohio

Excellence in Rural Economic Development
Louisiana Business and Technology Center, Louisiana State University
Specific Program: Mobile Classroom “Driving Louisiana’s Economy”
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Excellence in Environmental or Energy Economic Development
Saginaw Future, Inc.; Michigan Economic Development Corporation; Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce
Saginaw, Michigan

Excellence in University-Led Strategies
Rochester Institute of Technology Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies
Rochester, New York

Excellence in Economic Diversification Strategies
City of Kannapolis, North Carolina
Kannapolis, North Carolina

Excellence in Community and Faith-Based Social Entrepreneurship
Center for Employment Training
San Jose, California

Excellence in Historic Preservation-Led Strategies
City of Dubuque, Iowa
Dubuque, Iowa

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