SEED receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from International Economic Development Council

December 3, 2012

Shown from left to right are Kirstin Smith, SEED Assistant Marketing Director/ Administrative Director and Art Maberry, Owner/CEO of Brooks-Maberry Equine Insurance and President of the SEED Board of Directors.

Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development Inc. received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for their New Primary Website in the category of General Purpose Website for communities with populations of less than 25,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 2, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which is being held Sept. 30 through Oct. 3, in Houston, Texas.
"We recognize Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development Inc. for creating innovative and successful strategies to promote economic development in this period of global recovery,” said Jay Moon, IEDC chair. “Our awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in communities. Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development Inc. demonstrates that they are at the forefront of the economic development profession and are using cutting-edge, effective practices that can be replicated in other communities." The SEED website can be found at
Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development (SEED) is a Type A economic development organization, funded by the collection of one half cent of each sales tax dollar spent in the community. The entity is governed by a five member board of directors, who are appointed by the city council. They are focused on providing businesses the best opportunity for growth and thereby ensuring consistent economic growth for the area. SEED is prepared for the challenge of maintaining consistent economic growth, including the creation and retention of jobs in Sweetwater.  The website project consisted of a total overhaul of the website from both an aesthetic and structural aspect. In doing this, SEED strived to become more interactive with its clients and provide the best and most accurate information in a manner that was easy and effortless to obtain. ED Suite’s tool set for economic development websites was the perfect fit. “We were able to translate our needs to the staff at ED Suites and develop a website that not only works for the casual user; it also fits with the needs of the Site Selectors,” stated Executive Director of SEED Ken Becker.
He also went on to say that “Kirstin Smith was the lead staff person from SEED to work with ED Suites on this project and we are very proud of the product she created!”
All of SEED's pertinent information is now just one click away and ready to take on the Web 2.0 world. "We appreciate the recognition and support of our new venture and wish our fellow economic developers a great year to come."
IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognizes 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.
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is the world’s largest independent non-profit membership and research organization devoted exclusively to the field of economic development. IEDC helps economic development professionals create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions. Serving more than 4,400 members, IEDC provides a diverse range of services including conferences, professional development and certification, publications, research, advisory services and legislative tracking. Visit

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