Launch Tennessee Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award

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 Launch Tennessee Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 21, 2014 – Launch Tennessee received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award during the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference this week. Launch Tennessee was awarded this honor for its 2014 work in the category of entrepreneurship for communities with populations of greater than 500,000.

“Economic development efforts have long been a keystone in the quest to bolster the economy and improve quality of life in every locality across the country,” said Bill Sproull, IEDC chair. “As the nation continues to tackle challenges in the midst of global uncertainty, these efforts have taken on an even greater significance. With this award, we laud trendsetting organizations like Launch Tennessee for leading the charge.”

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.

“This recognition is a prime example of the great progress being made across Tennessee – both through our organization’s focus areas and the collaborative efforts of our statewide partners,” said Launch Tennessee CEO Charlie Brock. “We are excited to win this award for our efforts thus far and look forward to continuing our work to make Tennessee the No. 1 state in the Southeast for entrepreneurs to start and grow a company.”

About Launch Tennessee
Launch Tennessee is a public-private partnership focused on supporting the development of high-growth companies in the state of Tennessee with the ultimate goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 state in the Southeast for entrepreneurs to start and grow a company. Launch Tennessee focuses on four key areas: entrepreneurship, commercialization, capital and outreach. Launch Tennessee is in part funded by a grant from the State of Tennessee. Follow Launch Tennessee on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/LaunchTN), Twitter (www.Twitter.com/LaunchTN), YouTube (www.YouTube.com/LaunchTN) and Flickr (www.Flickr.com/LaunchTN).

About the International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,400 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base.  From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. www.iedconline.org

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