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September 20, 2017

The Charleston Regional Development Alliance has won two high-level awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in the category of communities with a population greater than 500,000:
A Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its Opportunity Next: Building a Globally Competitive Economy for Charleston, a project in the category of Multi Year Economic Development, and a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for its CRDA redesigned 2016 website, a project in the category of General Purpose Website.
The 2017 IEDC Awards was the most competitive year in the award’s history with 625 entries for 24 categories. Both honors were presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, 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 the Charleston Regional Development Alliance. 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, MN, and 2017 IEDC Board Chair.
The Charleston Regional Development Alliance is a public/private, non-profit economic development organization supported and led by the region’s most influential business leaders, three county governments, five largest municipalities, and top academic institutions. The CRDA serves as a catalyst for long-term, sustainable economic growth in the Charleston metro area.