FSEDI receives award

Published 2:54 pm Saturday, September 30, 2017

by Ashley Cotton

Franklin Southampton Economic Development Inc. received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2017 Franklin Business Center Brochure project, in the category of Special Purpose Print Brochure from the International Economic Development Council. The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Sept. 19 during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held Sept. 17-20, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

“On behalf of the IEDC board of directors and Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee, congratulations to Franklin Southampton Economic Development Inc. Not only did they work to provide a necessary service to their community, but also their participation in the awards program sheds light on their stellar projects which other communities can now use as a benchmark,” said Michael Langley, FM, CEO of Greater MSP, Minneapolis–St. Paul, Minnesota, and 2017 IEDC Board Chair.

FSEDI is a public-private partnership which is tasked with four main objectives including helping to recruit new business/industry, helping to grow and retain businesses in the community, to promote entrepreneurship and lastly to showcase the area’s tourism opportunities.

In 2005, the Franklin Business Center — formerly the Franklin Business Incubator — opened its doors to entrepreneurs, start-ups and expanding businesses who were in need of office space, support and guidance. The desire for this project came from the rebranding of the incubator program. The brochure design is focused on a classic but modern design that highlights the history of the building but appeals to the startup community. The brochure is eye catching and captivating in its unique design but also provides a strong overview of the program and facility.

“The awards process is a thorough, non-biased and multi-layered process. These are extraordinary accomplishments for all winners, and an overall great effort by all participants. We look forward to next year’s awards competition,” Langley said.

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. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban and rural communities.

ASHLEY COTTON is the Marketing and Existing Business manager for the Franklin Southampton Economic Development Inc. Contact her at 562-1958 or email acotton@franklinsouthamptonva.com.