The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) announces that the Scottsdale Economic Development department was once again recognized as one of 68 economic development organizations accredited by IEDC as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO).
“The Scottsdale Economic Development department displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving of this honor,” said IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle.
The AEDO program is a comprehensive peer review process that measures economic development organizations against commonly held professional standards. The program consists of two phases: a documentation review and an onsite visit. Because of the pandemic, the department had to conduct their onsite visit virtually, which spotlighted the department’s creativity and ability to pivot when called upon. Each phase of the process evaluates information about the structure, organization, funding, program, and staff of the economic development organization.
Earning the AEDO accreditation tells the community and prospects that the Scottsdale Economic Development department attained a measure of excellence, assuring that their trust is well placed and their business is in good hands. The AEDO status is required every three years and is accomplished through documentation submission and onsite visits by an AEDO subcommittee team.
The International Economic Development Council is the largest membership association serving economic and community development professionals in the world. With over 5,000 members nationwide and abroad, IEDC offers the economic development profession one source for information and professional development, one voice for the profession and one force for advocacy.
Scottsdale is the No. 1 City in the U.S. for jobs (WalletHub 2019) and one of the state’s leading job centers, with a diverse economy built on medical research, high-tech innovation, tourism and corporate headquarters. Scottsdale is home to nearly 18,000 businesses supplying over 150,000 jobs.