International Economic Development Council Honors Arlington Economic

Published on September 27, 2017

  • Two Gold, one Bronze award for Excellence in Economic Development

  • Awards presented at Annual Conference in Toronto

Arlington Economic Development (AED) has been honored with three Excellence in Economic Development Awards by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The awards were presented at a ceremony earlier this month during the IEDC Annual Conference in Toronto.

"AED's Way Forward strategy and new marketing initiatives are really moving the needle in establishing Arlington as a leader in the innovation economy," said Victor Hoskins, Director of Arlington Economic Development. This recognition of our efforts is a true honor."

Michael Langley, IEDC Board Chair, congratulated Arlington on behalf of IEDC's board of directors and Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee. "Not only did (Arlington) work to provide a necessary service to their community," Langley said. "their participation in the awards program sheds light on their stellar projects which other communities can now use as a benchmark."

"DC is Calling" website takes gold

AED took the Gold Award for Special Project Website for its "," a special recruitment-oriented website. AED created as an attraction and retention tool for Nestlé USA to move their headquarters from Glendale, California to Arlington, Virginia. The website served as a resource for Nestlé USA employees to learn about the Washington, D.C. area as the company considered relocating across the country.

Startup Arlington also takes gold

AED also won a Gold Award in the Special Purpose Print Promotion category for Startup Arlington, a collaborative initiative between Arlington and members of the business community designed to attract, educate and market to entrepreneurs outside of the Washington, D.C. region about the benefits of operating their business in Arlington. Startup Arlington provided one growing tech company the opportunity to experience the benefits of working and living in Arlington for three months, free of charge. The winning company's work space, living space, and other amenities are provided by Arlington and its business partners. The 2017 competition received 129 applications from nine states and three countries. AED also partnered with Kiddar Capital to provide $25,000 in investment capital to the winner, GreenSight Agronomics, a big data company from Boston, Massachusetts.

Dongsheng-U.S. Entrepreneurship Competition wins bronze

AED earned a Bronze Award in Regionalism and Cross-Border Collaboration for its Dongsheng — U.S. Entrepreneurship Competition. For the last two years, AED has served as the U.S. host site partner for the global Dongsheng Entrepreneurship Competition, which helps to foster entrepreneurial relations between the U.S. and China.

About IEDC

The International Economic Development Council is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, it is the largest organization of its kind. To learn more about IEDC, visit its website.

Arlington Economic Development

Arlington Economic Development (AED), part of Arlington County Government, is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of an economically competitive and sustainable community, and the creation of exciting, diverse and amenity-rich places. AED provides visionary leadership and superior services to Arlington's business and arts community, its tourism industry and its real estate development. For more information, visit

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