An independent six-member selection committee evaluated and chose the winners based on their exceptional contributions to the economic development industry. The award’s program was managed by Development Counsellors International (DCI), a New York-based firm that specializes in economic development marketing.
Danielle Casey oversees the City of Scottsdale’s new business attraction, business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurial support, and employment center revitalization initiatives. Under her leadership, the Economic Development Department has received three awards of excellence from the International Economic Development Council, the 2015 ‘Large Community Economic Development Organization of the Year’ award from the Arizona Association for Economic Development, and unanimous Council approval of a Five Year Economic Development Strategic Plan. In under three years, the department has directly assisted more than 35 companies representing more than 3,000 new jobs in the first 12 months of operation, exceeding $40 million in direct revenue over five years to the city. Ms. Casey received her Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University and Masters of Administration from Northern Arizona University, and is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) as well as a certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP). She is a member of the International Economic Development Council and will be joining its Board of Directors in January 2017, is a member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s (GPEC) Healthcare Leadership Council and is a GPEC Emeritus Ambassador. Ms. Casey is also a Past President of Arizona Association for Economic Development, a statewide professional association with more than 480 public and private members.
DCI’s 40 Under 40 award was designed to discover the economic development profession’s rising stars.
“The people chosen by the selection committee represent a bright future for the economic development world,” said Andy Levine, president of DCI. “They are a new breed of results-driven place makers. We’re very pleased to see NAME among the winners.”
“I was impressed by the energy and dedication of these developers,” said Zach Patton, Executive Editor at GOVERNING Magazine and 40 Under 40 selection committee member. “Their passion for good economic development really stood out in their smart innovations, thoughtful programs, and cool ideas.”
DCI officially announced the winners last night at an awards ceremony during the International Economic Development Council Leadership Summit in Jacksonville and will feature an in-depth profile of each on its website during 2017.
For more information on DCI’s 40 Under 40 winners, visit www.aboutdci.com/40under40.
About the City of Scottsdale
Scottsdale is one of the state’s leading job centers, with a diverse economy built on medical research, high-tech innovation, tourism and corporate headquarters. Scottsdale is home to nearly 18,000 businesses supplying over 150,000 jobs. The high-tech innovation center SkySong, located just a few miles from Downtown, is designed to help companies grow through a unique partnership with nearby Arizona State University. The Scottsdale Cure Corridor is a partnership of premier health care providers and biomedical companies seeking to advance medicine and patient care through cutting-edge research. For more information, visit ChooseScottsdale.com.
Considered the leader in marketing places, Development Counsellors International (DCI) specializes in economic development and tourism marketing. The agency has worked for more than 400 cities, regions, states and countries since it was established in New York City in 1960. www.aboutdci.com
Economic Development Manager - City of Scottsdale
Vice President, DCI