The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) recently announced that the City of Mesa Office of Economic Development has once again been recognized as one of 69 economic development organizations accredited by IEDC as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO). Originally accredited in August of 2017, the organization was reaccredited by IEDC following three successful years of activity as an AEDO member.
"This recognition of our Office of Economic Development is a tribute to the innovation, persistence and professionalism of the staff in bringing new development and jobs to Mesa," City Manager Chris Brady said.
The AEDO program is a comprehensive peer review process that measures economic development organizations against crucial standards in the profession. The program consists of two phases: a documentation review and an onsite visit. Each phase is designed to evaluate information about the organization, funding, programming and staff of the candidate economic development organization.
"The City of Mesa Office of Economic Development displays the professionalism, commitment and technical expertise that is deserving of this honor," IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle said.
Earning the AEDO accreditation tells the community and prospects that the City of Mesa Office of Economic Development attained a measure of excellence that assures the community and its prospects are in good hands.
Maintenance of the AEDO status is required every three years and is accomplished through documentation submission and/or onsite visits by a team of the AEDO subcommittee.
The International Economic Development Council is the largest membership association serving economic and community development professionals in the world. With over 5,000 members nationwide and abroad, IEDC offers the economic development profession one source for information and professional development, one voice for the profession and one force for advocacy. For more information on IEDC or the AEDO program, please contact AEDO Program Manager Dana Crater at 910-833-7020 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit IEDC's website at http://www.iedconline.org/AEDO.