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The City of Scottsdale Receives Two Excellence in Economic Development Awards from the International Economic Development Council



The City of Scottsdale received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for the Scottsdale Relocation Guide, in the category of Special Purpose Print Brochure from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for its Fiscal Year 2016/2017 Annual Report: Enhancing Scottsdale's Business Brand, a project in the Annual Report category.

The honors were presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 2, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held September 29 – October 3, in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

“It is an honor to receive recognition from the IEDC not once, but twice”, said Rob Millar, CEcD, Acting Director City of Scottsdale Economic Development. “I am very proud of our economic development team and the work they do each day to support the business community and those relocating to Scottsdale. The Relocation Guide is heavily utilized by local recruiters, HR professionals and key stakeholders that are instrumental in moving talent attraction forward for our community, region and state. In addition, our Annual Report highlights our efforts over the past fiscal year that focused on enhancing Scottsdale’s recognition as a location of choice for business and talent.”

The Scottsdale Relocation Guide was a publication created as a direct response to a need expressed by several businesses during business retention and expansion visits. Access to and attraction of quality talent has become a number one issue for businesses everywhere. However, while conducting annual local business visits, the department quickly realized that a targeted resource did not exist in the community that promoted and publicized the city’s best assets such as top-rated schools, variety and affordability of housing, strategic market location and transportation access, along with an expansive recreational environment coupled with career and industry growth data. In 2016 the first Relocation Guide was designed and produced in 72 hours in response to a request from Magellan Health to attract a key executive to join their team. Since our first print, the Relocation Guide has been updated every six months and reprinted three times. This is now one of the top requested pieces of material from numerous human resources departments, financial institutions, and real estate organizations around the city.

The City of Scottsdale Economic Development Department, has produced and distributed an annual report over the last four fiscal years that summarizes performance metrics and information regarding key events and accomplishments. The FY 2016/17 report represented an increased focus on quality and enhanced promotion of this key publication. In addition, it offered a title aligned with the theme of the year’s activities, which was ‘Building Scottsdale’s Business Brand.’ While the community has significant popularity and notoriety as a visitor destination, it’s business brand and offerings as an attractive location to live and work is often simply missed.

"This year our judges reviewed some extraordinary projects that advanced both communities and businesses. We congratulate all the award winners, and thank everyone who nominated their projects for sharing their success with fellow IEDC members. What we learn from each other helps us to grow and advance as a profession. We look forward to even greater participation from economic developers across the globe in the 2019 awards program.” - Craig Richard, CEcD, FM, President and CEO, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation located in Tampa, Florida, and 2018 IEDC Board Chair.

The FY 2016/2017 Annual Report and the current Relocation Guide are both available now for viewing. For more information about the City of Scottsdale and Economic Development, visit

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is the world's largest membership organization for economic development professionals. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life in their communities by creating, retaining, and expanding jobs that facilitate growth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, our members represent the entire range of economic development. Learn more at iedconline.orglinks to external site.