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The North Central Arkansas Chamber Foundation (NCACF) was recognized at this year’s International Economic Development Council (IEDC) 2023 Excellence Awards, announced last month at the organization’s annual conference in Dallas, Texas.
IEDC is the largest nonprofit association for professional economic developers in the world, and these awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. Twenty-five award categories honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. This year, the IEDC received more than 580 entries within 26 categories. The winners were decided among 76 award judges, resulting in 7 countries and 38 states with winning entries.
For a population size of less than 25,000, the NCACF won the following awards for Economic Excellence:
- Gold: Mountain Home Fact Sheet —General Purpose Print Promotion
- Silver: Workforce Development Initiatives at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home — Multimedia / Video Production
“The North Central Arkansas Chamber Foundation has raised the bar for excellence in economic development with its Fact Sheet and Workforce Development Initiatives video projects. These awards are a testament to The North Central Arkansas Chamber Foundation’s dedication to its residents and serve as a great example of how economic development can help transform a community for the better,” said Nathan Ohle, IEDC President and CEO. “It is IEDC’s honor and privilege to present The North Central Arkansas Chamber Foundation with these awards and recognize its leadership and innovation in the field of economic development!”
“We are deeply honored to receive these prestigious awards from the International Economic Development Council, a recognition that signifies our unwavering commitment to enhancing the economic prosperity of North Central Arkansas,” said President Dani Pugsley. “We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Arkansas State University-Mountain Home for their unparalleled support in fostering economic growth. Their collaboration with our employers ensures our community benefits from a highly skilled and educated workforce, making our region attractive for business and investment. A special thanks to Huber Media Co for their exceptional production of the video that clinched the silver award – your artistry brought our workforce development story to life. And to Tim Rails, who masterfully synthesized our vision into the gold-winning ‘Fact Sheet,’ you’ve given potential stakeholders an invaluable tool. This comprehensive yet concise resource empowers investors to navigate our economic terrain swiftly. Together, we are highlighting North Central Arkansas’s potential and providing the essential tools for stakeholders to be part of our vibrant economic journey.”