Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development Wins Silver International Award for Annual Report

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

​The Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development won a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for its Virginia Beach 2016 Annual Report from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held Sept. 17-20, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

"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," said Virginia Beach Economic Development Director Warren D. Harris. "We are proud to be recognized again for our efforts to successfully communicate what Virginia Beach has to offer businesses around the world."

"On behalf of the IEDC board of directors and Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee, congratulations to the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development," said Michael Langley, IEDC Board chair. "Not only did they work to provide a necessary service to their community but also, their participation in the awards program sheds light on their stellar projects, which other communities can now use as a benchmark."

The winning Annual Report, titled "Big Data, Big Deals," highlights key economic achievements and technology initiatives undertaken by the City's Economic Development Department during FY2016. The report was designed as both an informational and promotional piece, with an emphasis on the use of images and graphics to illustrate key results. The report was distributed to 10,000 local business leaders, owners and managers in the region through a partnership with Inside Business.

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a nonprofit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 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.

The mission of the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development is to attract and retain national and international businesses to stimulate capital investment and create jobs. Virginia Beach is the most populous city in Virginia with a population of 450,000, and it is the 37th largest in the United States. The Department of Economic Development received re-accreditation through the International Economic Development Council in 2016 and is one of only 50 economic development organizations in the world to have this recognition. Most recently, Virginia Beach was named America's #1 best big city to live in by For more information, visit



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