Eco-devo department earns special certification


Arvada’s Economic Development Association (AEDA) was named one of only 37 internationally certified economic development organizations last week.

The certification came from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

“AEDA displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving of this honor,” said IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle in a press release.

Out of the 4,000 worldwide members of the IEDC, only 37 have become accredited. To earn the certification, the nominated organization must distinguish themselves through a two-phase comprehensive peer review process. First, the council performs a documentation review to assess different aspects of the organization including the candidate’s funding, structure and staff. The second phase consists of an on-site visit of the nominated community. To achieve this ranking, the candidate organization must prove, through these two processes, that they strive for and have obtained a high level of trust, support and excellence within the community.

According to the press release, Arvada’s Mayor Marc Williams, is looking forward to see what’s in store for AEDA and its partnership with the city council.

“Arvada City Council has the utmost respect and appreciation for AEDA’s accomplishments,” Williams said. “We remain committed to this collaborative partnership and expect that we will continue to achieve important economic development results together in the future.”

AEDA serves the community by being the business-to-government liaison, providing resources and support for local businesses, creating jobs and increasing revenue throughout the city.

This organization is the first within Colorado to receive this honor, and second in the Rocky Mountain Region.

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