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CoreNet Global 2004 Economic Development Leadership & Accomplishment Awards

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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 Global website.

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 award winners.  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 location consultants, 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 not necessary.

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 Summit attendees.

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 Innovator's Award.

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 challenges
  •  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. 

The 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.


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