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Cherokee Office of Economic Development Receives Excellence Awards from the International Economic Development Council

October 29, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED) recently won three Excellence in Economic Development Awards at the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN. COED received Gold Awards for both the Cherokee 75 Corporate Park (Real Estate and Reuse) and the Cherokee By Choice Case for Support (Print Brochure), and a Silver Award for the 2018 COED Year in Review (Annual Report).

“COED is honored to be one of three metro Atlanta-based organizations recognized for excellence in economic development among our international peers,” said Marshall Day, Chairman of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development. “These projects embrace sustainability and drive diverse economic development within our community.”

IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. 34 award categories honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Awards are judged by a diverse panel of economic and community developers from around the world, following a nomination process held earlier this year. IEDC received over 400 submissions from 12 countries.

“The recipients of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the very best of economic development and exemplify the ingenuity, integrity, and leadership that our profession strives for each and every day,” said 2019 IEDC Board Chair, Tracye McDaniel. “We’re honored to recognize more than 100 communities for their excellent work, which forges new opportunities for our profession. We look forward to even greater participation from economic developers across the globe in the 2020 awards program.”

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. Learn more at