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Danielle Casey honored with Economic Development Innovation Team Award


Scottsdale, Ariz. (Monday, Oct. 20, 2014) – GIS Planning Inc. of San Francisco, in partnership with fDi Intelligence, a division of the Financial Times in London, has recognized Danielle Casey with its Economic Development Innovation Team Award.

Danielle Casey, Economic Development Director for the City of Scottsdale, Arizona was announced as an award recipient during a recognition ceremony on Sunday, October 19 in Ft. Worth, Texas.

“The critical part of this award title is the inclusion of the word team because that is what it takes. It is impossible to be innovative and launch new strategies without a team that is willing and committed to creativity and success. This includes not only city staff but administrative and elected leadership and of course our community partner organizations,” Ms. Casey said.

The award recognizes Danielle Casey and the Scottsdale Economic Development Department for contributions to the field of economic development as judged by a diverse panel of seasoned national economic development leaders. Specifically identified activities among others included her leadership efforts with the Arizona Association for Economic Development and commitment to giving back to the profession by supporting emerging economic development professionals.

“In the profession of economic development 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.”

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.

The judging panel included:

  • Anatalio Ubalde, GIS Planning, San Francisco
  • Chris Knight, fdi Intelligence, a division of the Financial Times in London, UK
  • John Sternlicht, King County, Washington 
  • Katie McConnell, Loudon County, Virginia
  • Cathy Katona, Katona Associates, Chicago
  • Joy Wilkins, University of Georgia  

"fDi Intelligence is very pleased to be part of the first Economic Development Leadership and Innovation Awards. It is a recognition of the winners' outstanding contribution to the field of economic development," noted Courtney Fingar, head of content, fDi Intelligence.

About Danielle Casey, CEcD, EDFP

Danielle Casey is responsible for the oversight of the City of Scottsdale Economic Development Department, which includes executing the City’s initiatives related to new business attraction, business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurial support, and employment center revitalization. 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 currently serves as President of the Arizona Association for Economic Development and Vice Chair of the Economic Development Directors Team for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

About the City of Scottsdale Economic Development Department
Scottsdale, one of Arizona’s 10 largest cities is a premier visitor location as well as a tremendous place to live and do business. Scottsdale was recently named one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in the United States, and was honored as Arizona’s 2013 “eCity” by Google. Through its economic development investments and programs, the City of Scottsdale retains, grows and attracts targeted sources of wealth generation to enhance the community’s tax base and quality of life, preserve the natural environment and foster prosperity for all citizens. For more information, visit



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