Help Us Find the Brightest Rising Stars in Economic Development

Sep 20, 2018 | News, Newsletter

Nominations are open for the 2019 Econ Dev 40 Under 40 Awards! Development Counsellors International and Jorgenson Consulting are searching for the top 40 economic development professionals under the age of 40 who are making waves in the industry and doing great work for their regions. If that sounds like someone you know, we encourage you to take a moment and submit a nomination for a colleague (or yourself!) for the 40 Under 40 Awards.  

To be eligible, nominees must be under 40 years old as of January 01, 2019.  The deadline to nominate is October 12, 2018.  A selection committee, comprised of five industry thought leaders, will review nominations during the month of November, winners will be notified in December and DCI will officially announce and recognize them at IEDC’s Leadership Summit in Fort Lauderdale, FL in January 2019.

To learn more about the awards and submit a nomination, visit www.econdev40under40.com.

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