The Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation (AREDF) of Sierra Vista is the recipient of the Arizona Association for Economic Development’s (AAED) annual Economic Development Distinguished by Excellence (EDDE) Award for AAED’s Small Organization of the Year.
The prestigious EDDE Awards honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the advancement of the organization and also to the economic growth within the state of Arizona. Recipients are selected from a pool of nominations made by members of AAED.
AREDF was recognized for its active role within AAED and for supporting AAED’s organizational pillars of education, advocacy and collaboration. Specifically:
- AREDF has partnered with AAED by being represented on the board of directors, rural committee, Southern Arizona membership committee and governmental affairs committee, in addition to serving on multiple task forces that aid in promoting a uniformed voice for responsible economic development.
- AREDF’s commitment to continuing education, demonstrated by Executive Director Mignonne Hollis’ efforts toward gaining AZPRO designation and AREDF’s construction of several panels at statewide industry events focused on economic development.
AREDF held the first Arizona Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Summit in which attendees learned about the different industry applications for the technology and the significant positive impact the UAS industry could have on Arizona’s economy.
Overall, eight EDDEs were presented during an evening awards dinner at the AAED Spring Conference in Lake Havasu City. The other winners are:
- Tom Pitts, economic development consultant in Yavapai County, Member of the Year.
- Mitchel Allen, vice president, business development, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Economic Developer of the Year, Large Community.
- Tim Kanavel, Pinal County economic development manager, Economic Developer of the Year, Small Community.
- Salt River Project, Large Organization of the Year.
- Deeidra Skipton of Goodwill Industries of Central and Northern Arizona, Workforce Practitioner of the Year.
- Cori Garcia, economic development administrator for the Gilbert Office of Economic Development, New Member of the Year.
- Bruce A. Wright, associate vice president for Tech Parks Arizona at the University of Arizona, AAED Best of Arizona Award.
AAED, founded in 1974, has a mission to serve as Arizona’s unified voice advocating for responsible economic development through an effective program of professional education, public policy and collaboration.
For more information on AAED, visit www.aaed.com or call (602) 240-2233.