|We're pleased to announce
that we were the exclusive sponsors of the new 2003 Economic Development Leadership and
Accomplishment Award established by Corporate Real Estate Leader,
the official publication of CoreNet Global.
The four winners were (alphabetical order, with links to find more details,
including their nominations) :
This award reflects our
interest in sharing local knowledge about leading area representatives and
economic development service providers from
the perspective of major corporate investors and the
professional advisors who serve them, including
corporate real estate professionals, and others.
The award is not simply based upon the recent flow of
project announcements, the size of an area, or market visibility, but
rather on leadership and accomplishments in economic development work.
There were many other good nominees in 2003.
The question posed by this award was simple : "How did your organization
provide leadership in your community in 2002? Which accomplishments
and results set your organization apart last year?"
It was open to local, regional, state, provincial, or national economic
development organizations, public or private. CoreNet membership is
The winners were
highlighted in the September issue of
Corporate Real Estate Leader magazine
and the CoreNet Global News
newsletter. There was also a press release which was
published on the CoreNet Global website.
We presented the awards to the
four winners before
the estimated 3400 attendees at the CoreNet Global Summit in Atlanta, at the
morning general session on
Tuesday, October 14, 2003.
The deadline for nominations was June 4, 2003, with selection of
the winners by July 1. The award was not limited to CoreNet Global members.
In 2004 the award nominations for 2003 accomplishments
began in February for selection in time to present the awards
at the May 2004 CoreNet Global Summit in Chicago.
There was a non-refundable $300 entry fee for nominations, payable to
CoreNet Global Learning. We have
no financial interest in that fee, which helps them to cover the cost of
administering the award program in the same manner as their Global
|It differs from awards or
feature stories which reflect the popularity or visibility of an area, or
recent levels of investment project activity or advertising. It also
differs from awards which recognize leadership as perceived among peers in
the economic development profession, which may differ from the perceptions
of investors and their advisors.
The focus is on the total performance of
an economic development organization from the perspective of their own
communities as well as corporate investors in such areas, which is obviously
not limited to local investment promotion activities (attraction, expansion,
and retention of corporate investments) or limited to large, well-known
areas. The award reflects the full range of work which economic
development professionals perform to deliver value to their communities.
|Examples of leadership and
accomplishment could take many forms, including (but not limited to) :
- creating new strategies to compete in the 21st century
- overcoming long-standing obstacles to progress
- creating diverse, effective community teams to address
- attracting major new corporate facilities and jobs
- creating effective business-retention programs
- developing web-enabled databases and other tools
|GDI Solutions has no role in
the selection process for the winners, which will be chosen by the Editorial
Advisory Committee of Corporate Real Estate Leader magazine.
GDI Solutions also has no financial interest in the small nomination fees payable to
CoreNet Global Learning, which help to defray the administrative costs of
the awards program. The winners are highlighted through this website
in addition to the publicity through articles and press releases from
CoreNet Global Learning.
||Nominations are limited to no
more than two pages in length and no more than two megabytes in file size.
There is no standard template or format. Use the two pages in any way
Nominations must be submitted electronically (PDF, Microsoft
Word, or other IBM-compatible format) to