TheLINK Economic Alliance Receives “Excellence in Economic Development” Award

October 11, 2021

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Washington, DC – TheLINK Economic Alliance won a Gold Rank “Excellence in Economic Development” award for its Industrial Portfolio from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented October 5, 2021 at an awards ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference, in Nashville, TN.

IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world's best economic development programs. Twenty-five award categories honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change. IEDC received over 500 submissions from 4 countries for awards this year.

“Bringing home the gold and competing among more than 500 entries puts us in an elite category representing the top 5% receiving this international award. It validates what we’ve long known--this region has all of the makings to be globally competitive and to win”, commented Jay Schwedler, President and CEO of TheLINK Alliance.

“The winners of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the best of economic development and exemplify the leadership that our profession strives for every day,” said 2021 IEDC Board Chair and Invest Buffalo Niagara, President, and CEO Tom Kucharski. “We’re honored to recognize the more than 100 communities whose marketing submissions, projects, and partnerships have improved regional quality of life.”

“Our goal is to consistently create a dynamic marketing program that showcases our best assets and puts TheLINK region out front where we belong”, stated Yanet Lopez, Multimedia Manager for TheLINK Alliance.

Each of this year's recipients represents the best of the economic development profession and exemplifies the ingenuity for fellow economic developers to aspire to in the years to come.

 About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan 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. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members engage in the full range of economic development experiences. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in various settings, including local, state, provincial, and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities, and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. Learn more at