International Economic Development Council Presents Excellence in Economic Development Award to The New Orleans Business Alliance

INDIANAPOLIS, In. – The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) honored the New Orleans Business Alliance with a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for its InvestNOLA Initiative, a program that provides equitable growth opportunities for entrepreneurs of color. Details were shared in a press release.

The program won in the category of Innovation Programs and Initiatives. InvestNOLA is designed to help minority-owned small businesses grow to enterprises with $10 million or more in revenue through public- and private-sector opportunities, innovative capital products, mentorship and advanced business-management education.

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony last week during the IEDC Annual Conference, held in Indianapolis.

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“The recipients of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the very best of economic development and exemplify the ingenuity, integrity, and leadership that our profession strives for each and every day,” said 2019 IEDC board chair Tracye McDaniel. “We’re honored to recognize more than 100 communities for their excellent work, which forges new opportunities for our profession. We look forward to even greater participation from economic developers across the globe in the 2020 awards 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. Thirty four 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 from around the world, following a nomination process held earlier this year. IEDC received over 400 submissions from 12 countries.

“This recognition by the leader in international economic development is an accomplishment for any small economic development organization. But what’s important is the work of our team to bring equity and success to local New Orleans business owners through a vision of economic development reimagined,” said Quentin L. Messer, Jr., president and CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance. “While our work is recognized among international economic development leaders, we realize that a lot work remains to be done for New Orleans to assume her rightful place as a leader in entrepreneurial business growth.”

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