Today, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) announced that Mesa’s Office of Economic Development has been recognized as one of 60 economic development organizations accredited by IEDC as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO).
“The city of Mesa’s economic development team displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving of this honor,” IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle said.
The AEDO program is a comprehensive peer review process that measures economic development organizations against commonly held standards in the profession. The program consists of two phases: a documentation review and an onsite visit. Each phase is designed to evaluate information about the structure, organization, funding, programs, and staff of the candidate economic development organization.
“Congratulations to Bill Jabjiniak and his team of economic development professionals who make doing business in Mesa easy,” Mayor John Giles said. “We call it ‘The Mesa Way’ and through years of perfecting our practice we are well known for being innovative and practical.”
Earning the AEDO accreditation tells the community and businesses that Mesa’s Office of Economic Development has attained a measure of excellence in the economic development profession assuring clients and stakeholders their trust is well-placed and their business is in good hands.
“This accreditation validates the efforts of our talented team and our commitment to upholding the highest ideals in economic development,” Mesa Economic Development Director Bill Jabjiniak said. “We have enjoyed numerous successes in recent years and this recognition demonstrates our desire to attain new levels of achievement.”
Maintenance of the AEDO status is required every three years and is accomplished through documentation submission and/or onsite visits by a team of the AEDO subcommittee.
The International Economic Development Council is the largest membership association serving economic and community development professionals in the world. With over 5,000 members nationwide and abroad, IEDC offers the economic development profession one source for information and professional development, one voice for the profession and one force for advocacy. For more information, visit: www.iedconline.org.