Along with our colleagues around the region and country, the City of Greeley is celebrating the week of May 9-13 as 2022 Economic Development Week.
During the week, communities across North America celebrate and recognize the contributions made by professional economic developers to create more economically vibrant and livable communities.
A Focus on Economic Health
Created in 2016 by International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the largest international professional trade association for economic developers, Economic Development Week celebrates local economic development efforts to 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, and
- stimulating and incubating entrepreneurism in order to help establish the next generation of new businesses, which is the hallmark of the American economy.
"Economic developers play essential roles in promoting the economic health and vitality of their communities—a fact that has only been proven further by the events of the past two years," said IEDC President & CEO Nathan Ohle. “The 2022 Economic Development Week will serve to recognize, honor and celebrate the ingenuity and leadership practitioners have shown in working to create a more equitable and prosperous future for everyone. I encourage everyone to begin planning their own celebrations that will lift up the important outcomes economic developers facilitate in their communities.”
Greeley’s Economic Health and Housing officials are proud and active members of both the IEDC and Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC). Greeley’s director of the City’s Department of Economic Health and Housing, Benjamin Snow, is also an IEDC Certified Economic Development Professional.
“We are committed to the economic development partnerships we enjoy in the state, region, and locally,” said Snow. “Through our key partnerships and alliances, we are able to unite our marketing and attraction efforts as well as entrepreneurial growth and business retention work. Economic development is a team sport, and we will continue to win by playing together.”
About City of Greeley’s Department of Economic Health and Housing
Greeley’s officials proudly represent one of the fastest-growing and forward-thinking communities in northern Colorado. With a population approaching 115,000, Greeley’s community consistently ranks near the top in terms of job growth and the economy among 515 cities nationally. In 2019, the Walton Family Foundation ranked the Greeley metropolitan statistical area (MSA)was ranked as the 8th most dynamic economy in the country. The Greeley community has a passion for promoting growth and development in a public service setting. The Department of Economic Health and Housing consists of qualified specialists in two divisions: economic development and urban Renewal. www.greeleygov.com/EHHw
About the Economic Development Council of Colorado
Since 1976, the Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) has promoted effective, responsible economic development practices across the state. As the state’s premier economic development resource, EDCC represents Colorado’s public and private sector interests. By connecting its’ communities, members, and partners to high-quality educational opportunities and trusted resources, the council advances policy while supporting vibrant economies and enhancing the quality of life for all Coloradans. Learn more at www.edcconline.org.
About the International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,300 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 are engaged in the full range of economic development experiences. Given the breadth of economic development work, its’ members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. IEDC’s members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions. https://www.iedconline.org/