For Immediate Release
Contact: Amanda Elliott
Marketing & Public Relations,
Gilbert, Arizona Office of Real Estate & Economic Development

GILBERT, AZ (October 21, 2013) – The Gilbert, Arizona Office of Real Estate & Economic Development received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its www.Gilbertedi.com website from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).  The Gold Excellence Award recognizes Gilbert’s website in the category of General Purpose Website for communities with populations of 200,000 to 500,000.

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 8, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“The Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize Gilbert, Arizona Office of Real Estate & Economic Development as being one of the leading organizations in the industry for innovation, creativity and successful strategies,” said IEDC chair, Paul Krutko. “These awards are meant to honor the organizations and individuals who are dedicated to making a positive change in their communities.  This organization uses creative solutions and inventive ideas, and offers other regions a wonderful example to learn and benefit from. The award represents an acknowledgment and appreciation for Gilbert, Arizona Office of Real Estate & Economic Development’s dedication to continuous growth within itself, as well as improving the industry overall.”

The goal of the Gilbert Economic Development Information website (www.gilbertedi.com) is to increase the awareness of Gilbert, Arizona through the engagement of national and international investors, decision makers and influencers. To best serve the needs of the targeted audience, the website features in depth pages highlighting Gilbert’s targeted markets, development incentives, workforce, market access and location; a unique feature called the custom report builder; a digital news room; and a commercial real estate search.

Located in the southeast valley of the Phoenix metropolitan area, Gilbert, Arizona is capitalizing on the community’s existing research and development activity, workforce and collaboration efforts to be a regional and national leader within the science and technology industry sectors.

Gilbert’s strategic market focus includes Biotechnology & Life/Health Sciences, Advanced Business Services, Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace & Defense and Clean Technology & Renewable Energy.

IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

About Gilbert, Arizona

Located in the southeast valley of the Phoenix metropolitan area, Gilbert, Arizona has a resident base of 225,000 and is nationally recognized as the 33rd best place to live in the nation (CNN/Money Magazine, 2012); 2nd safest community in the nation (FBI Crime Statistics, 2013); 8th Most Thriving City in the United States (The Daily Beast, 2013). The community promotes commercial investment opportunities for innovation-based industries such as aerospace and defense; biotechnology and life science; clean technology and alternative energy; and high-tech manufacturing. For more information, contact econdev@gilbertaz.gov or visit www.gilbertedi.com. You can also follow Gilbert’s Office of Real Estate & Economic Development on Twitter @GilbertAZEcoDev or via LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Gilbert-AZ-Office-Economic-Development-5088479/about.

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base.  From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.www.iedconline.org