Tampa Bay Economic Development receives reaccreditation by the International Economic Development Council


October 28, 2020



Tampa, Fla. (October 28, 2020) – The Tampa Bay Economic Development Council announced today it has successfully been recertified as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) by The International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Originally accredited in 2017, the Tampa Bay EDC is one of only 68 economic development organizations in North America to receive the AEDO designation.

“The Tampa Bay EDC displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving of this honor,” said Jeff Finkle, president and CEO of the IEDC.

The AEDO program is a comprehensive peer review process that measures economic development organizations against commonly held 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 structure, organization, funding, program, and staff of the candidate economic development organization.

“We strive to be leaders in the economic development profession and receiving this reaccreditation from our peers confirms we’re on the right track,” said Craig Richard, president and CEO of the Tampa Bay EDC. “All the credit goes to our staff, board and executive committee for their leadership, hard work and dedication to the industry.”

Earning the AEDO accreditation tells the community and prospects that the Tampa Bay EDC attained a measure of excellence assuring that their trust is well placed, and that their business is 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, visit IEDC’s website at http://www.iedconline.org/AEDO.

About the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council
The Tampa Bay Economic Development Council is the lead designated economic development agency for Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace. Established in 2009 as a partnership between the public sector and private corporate investors, the EDC works to develop and sustain a thriving local economy through the attraction, retention and expansion of high-wage jobs and capital investment within targeted industry sectors, including Corporate Headquarters, Financial and Professional Services, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Defense and Security, Distribution and Logistics, and Manufacturing. The EDC exists because of the generous support of more than 100 corporations, Hillsborough County, and the cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace.

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