Iowa Lakes Corridor receives two awards

Saturday, December 8, 2012
Kathy Evert, CEO and president of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation (center), accepted the first place award for the Business Recognition Luncheon at the Mid-America Economic Development Council's Competitiveness Conference. Presenting the awards were Cindy Kelley-Hutchings, president of MAEDC (left), and Ron Starner with Site Selection Magazine. (Photo submitted)

Business Recognition Luncheon earns first place

The Mid-America Economic Development Council presented its annual Economic Development awards at the 2011 MAEDC Competitiveness Conference and Site Selector Forum in Chicago. Award entries were accepted in two markets per category -- large market (annual marketing budget over $100,000) and small market (annual marketing budget under $100,000).

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation received two awards at the conference: First place in the small market division for the Business Recognition Luncheon (in the category of business retention and expansion), and second place in the small market division for its 2011-2012 Annual Report.

The Mid-America Economic Development Council, an organization that includes 10 states in the upper Midwest, is dedicated to enhancing economic developers' knowledge, capabilities and opportunities through multi-state networking, education and site selector interaction. Kathy Evert, CEO and president of the Iowa Lakes Corridor, served as president of MAEDC in 2011.

"MAEDC has been a tremendous organization for professional development, networking and access to site selectors for its members in the 10-state region of the upper Midwest," Evert said. "The annual awards program is a way to recognize the best of the Midwest and share success stories with peers across the region."

For many years, MAEDC has sponsored the annual Economic Development Awards competition to recognize and stimulate the creative use of quality marketing by economic development organizations throughout the ten-state Mid-America region in promoting their respective communities. MAEDC's awards partner is Site Selection magazine, and all first place winners will be highlighted in an ad in the January/February issue of Site Selection magazine. For more information about MAEDC, please visit

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