Welcome to the 130th weekly edition of Economic Development and Developers in the News.
Today's issue contains news from 89 economic development executives and organizations in 21 states and Canada.
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The International Economic Development Council has accredited the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County, Arkansas as an Accredited Economic Development Organization, becoming one of 74 recognized organizations globally.
The University of Central Arkansas Center for Community and Economic Development announced that 15 community leaders have been certified as Professional Community and Economic Developers. Director of CCED, Shelby Fiegel, praised the newly certified PCED holders – 14 from Arkansas and one from Missouri: (Kristen Dane, Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism; Dr. Chett Daniel, Crowder College; Russ Garner, Communities Unlimited; Ginger Harper, Heber Springs Chamber of Commerce; Bethany Hildebrand, Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce; Danielle Housenick, Main Street Russellville; Brittany Lutz, Arkansas Economic Development Commission; Amanda McBride, Choctaw County Partnership; Julia Dossett Morgan, Winthrop Rockefeller Institute; Anna Powell, Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation; Danielle Pugsley, Mountain Home Area Chamber of Commerce; Kaitlyn Rigdon, El Dorado-Union County Chamber of Commerce; Cody Schindler, City of Alma; Isaac Sims, Crafton Tull; Chris Treat, City of Bryant)
The Solano Economic Development Corporation held a summit to bridge the gap between the philanthropic sector and Solano County nonprofits. The EDC's CEO, Chris Rico, said the summit aimed to raise awareness and support for Solano County, which has been overlooked by both business and philanthropy.
The Anishinabek Nation held an inaugural three-day economic development forum focusing on accessing and sustaining economic opportunities. First Nations citizens, representatives, industry experts, and government officials attended the event which promotes dialogue and networking for helping communities develop economic sovereignty. Keynote speakers included Dawn Madahbee–Leach, General Manager of Waubetek Business Development Corporation, and Darlene Solomon, Manager of Economic Development of Anishinabek Nation.
The McLeod Lake Indian Band and the Province of British Columbia signed a memorandum of understanding to build a proposed Tse’khene energy transition hub intended to stimulate economic development through low-carbon energy. The potential $7 billion projects, including a hydrogen production facility and a straddle plant, could create up to 2,000 construction jobs and 500 permanent jobs.