Naples, FL (October 18, 2018) – The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award its Economic Development Week in Collier County, a project in the category of Innovation in EDW of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Oct 2, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held Sept 29 – Oct 3, in Atlanta, GA.
“We’re thrilled to receive this recognition. Kristi Bartlett, our vice president of economic development, and Madeline Young, our director of marketing and communications, worked tirelessly to promote economic development awareness during that week among a broad range of elected officials, businesses, professionals and students. Economic development is a key element of the Chamber’s mission, and this award validates our work,” said Michael Dalby, president and CEO of the Naples Chamber.
The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1947 and is the largest of 25 chambers in the five-county Southwest Florida region, recognized as among the best of the 300 chambers in Florida. The Chamber's primary purpose is to foster business advancement and advocate effective government policy to ensure a healthy business climate. Today, the Chamber is the largest nonprofit advocate for the Collier County business community. With more than 1,200 members representing 50,000 employees, the Chamber is actively involved in local government, regional economic development and providing valuable resources to its members.
The Chamber celebrated Economic Development Week from May 7-12, 2018. In an effort to promote and educate the community on economic development the Chamber created a multi-prong approach utilizing social media, public outreach and community engagement. The goal of the project was to educate and inform the community about economic development.
"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.” Said Craig Richard, CEcD, FM, president and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation located in Tampa, Florida, and 2018 IEDC Board Chair.
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.org.
About The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization of more than 1,200 active members that works to strengthen the local economy and promote the business community. The Chamber accomplishes this through public policy and business advocacy, leadership programs, executive business forums and sessions, and enhanced member benefits and services. The Chamber is dedicated to ensuring that Naples remains the best place in America to live, work, and visit. For more information, call (239) 262-6376 or visit www.napleschamber.org.