The Delaware Prosperity Partnership was awarded the highest honors in the International Economic Development Council’s 2021 Excellence in Economic Development Awards. There were more than 500 entries from four countries making these awards one of the most competitive for excellence in economic development.
“The COVID-19 pandemic precluded most in-person activity last year, but the DPP team was determined to continue building relationships with site selectors,” explained DPP President and CEO Kurt Foreman. “So we created a virtual familiarization tour for site selectors interested in Delaware’s key industry sectors in Central and Southern Delaware.”
Wanting to keep Delaware’s reputation as “a state of neighbors” during these familiarization tours, the DPP team invited site selectors to experience it virtually. By “zooming in” they learned why businesses should choose Delaware for location and expansion.
During the familiarization tours there were networking opportunities, workshops, and interactive cooking events led by Rehoboth Beach-based SoDel Concepts. This gave participants the opportunity to enjoy Delaware flavors and hear from other business owners including Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton and Katey Evans of The Frozen Farmer in Bridgeville, to learn why they chose Delaware. Site selectors were impressed by these sessions, and agreed that the virtual event was a beneficial fresh look at the state they did not know much about.
“The winners of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards represent the best of economic development and exemplify the leadership that our profession strives for every day,” said 2021 IEDC Board Chair and Invest Buffalo Niagara President and CEO Tom Kucharski. “We’re honored to recognize the more than 100 communities whose marketing submissions, projects and partnerships have improved regional quality of life.”