Congratulations to the three winners for 2004 :
Call or e-mail us if you are interested in knowing more about our
work any why we sponsored these awards in 2003 and 2004.
The winners were
highlighted in the May issue of
Corporate Real Estate Leader magazine
and the CoreNet Global News newsletter, as well as on the CoreNet
We presented the awards to the winners before
a general session of the estimated 3000 attendees at the
CoreNet Global Summit in Chicago,
May 18, 2004. We did not sponsor the 2005 awards presented in Toronto,
or any 2006 awards in Orlando.
|We're pleased to announce
that, as in 2003, we were the exclusive sponsors of the 2004 Economic Development Leadership and
Accomplishment Award established by Corporate Real Estate Leader,
the official publication of CoreNet Global.
The award process was basically the same as for the
2003 awards, for which the
winners and their nominations have been highlighted through this website.
We can, of course, highlight areas which participate in
our services in even greater detail than what we did for free for the 2003
Contact us for details about how our work can support your
investment promotion interests.
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 good nominees in 2003.
The question posed by this award is simple : "How did your organization
provide leadership in your community in 2003? Which accomplishments
and results set your organization apart last year?"
It is open to local, regional, state, provincial, or national economic
development organizations, public or private. CoreNet membership is
We were on stage in Chicago with the 2004 winners, as in Atlanta
for 2003. You can
still see the press release which was
published on the CoreNet Global website about the 2003 winners last
September, before we presented the awards in front of the 3400 Atlanta
The deadline for nominations was March 15, 2004,
with selection of the winners by April 8. The award was not limited to CoreNet Global members.
There was a non-refundable $300 entry fee for nominations, payable to
CoreNet Global Learning. We had
no financial interest in that fee, which helped cover their cost of
administering this 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.
2003 winners were highlighted through this website,
in addition to the publicity received through articles and press releases from
CoreNet Global Learning.
The 2003 awards recognized accomplishments during 2002.
By shifting this award program from the fall to the spring CoreNet Global
Summits, it will be more timely and won't compete for attention with the
Global Innovators Award in the fall. This should also coincide well
with the increase in investment projects. It is therefore expected
that the 2005 award program (for accomplishments in 2004) will also be
presented in the spring.