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Washington, DC – Fort Bend Economic Development Council won a Bronze Rank for its Fort Bend County Website Redesign, a project in the category of General Purpose Website of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented today at an awards ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference, which is currently underway.

"We could not be more excited to accept this award and the acknowledgement of all the hard work, collaboration, and innovation that contributed to creating this website. We are thankful to our stakeholders for their support and to our partners, BellaMedia, LocalIntel, and EDSuites, for their work in developing our new site," said Rachelle Kanak, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Operations for the Fort Bend Economic Development Council who manages the Fort Bend Marketing Program.

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. 25 award categories honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Awards are judged by a diverse panel of economic and community developers, following a nomination process held earlier this year. IEDC received over 500 submissions from 4 countries.

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“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. We’re honored to recognize the more than 100 communities whose marketing submissions, projects, and partnerships have improved regional quality of life.”
2021 IEDC Board Chair and Invest Buffalo Niagara, President, and CEO Tom Kucharski.

“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.”

We're incredibly honored to recognize the outstanding organizations that received this year's Excellence Awards. This year, more than ever, has presented opportunities to innovate, impact, and progress the cities, neighborhoods, and communities around us. 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 Fort Bend County

Fort Bend County, 25 minutes from Houston's central business district, is the tenth largest county in Texas. Over 900 square miles and the 16th fastest growing counties in the U.S., Fort Bend is expected to reach 1 million people in the next five years. The most diverse county in the state, Fort Bend is an inclusive community that leads the Greater Houston region in educational attainment, diversity, and median household income. With a strong commercial base, access to markets, a pro-business culture, and exceptional quality of life, Fort Bend continues to attract commercial and residential development across the county.  Fort Bend County is Greater Houston’s Finest Address. To learn more about Fort Bend County, please visit our website at www.FortBendCounty.com.

 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 iedconline.org.