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I had the opportunity recently to announce the 2013 EDDE (Economic Development Distinguished by Excellence) Awards -- live – at the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) evening awards dinner at the organization’s spring conference in Tucson.

Like PRSA Copper Anvils, IABC Copper Quills, or NATAS Rocky Mountain Emmys for the professional communicators, the prestigious EDDE awards honor individuals and companies who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the organization and also to the economic growth within the state of Arizona.

Recipients are selected by their peers from a pool of nominations made by members of AAED.  Overall seven EDDEs were presented this year.

The William Lampkin Award for Long Term Excellence in Economic Development was given to David Krietor, CEO of Downtown Phoenix, Inc.

Nicole Snyder, an associate with DWL Architects + Planners, was cited as Member of the Year.

Barry Broome, president and CEO of Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), received the Economic Developer of the Year, Large Community Award.  The award for Economic Developer of the Year, Small Community, was presented to Andrew Clegg, formerly of the Central Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation.

Levi Esquerra, director for the Center for American Indian Economic Development at Northern Arizona University, was recognized as Economic Developer of the Year – Tribal Communities.

The award for Large Organization of the Year was presented to Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG).

Vada Phelps, executive director of the Southeast Arizona Workforce Connection, covering Cochise, Graham and Greenlee counties, was named Workforce Practitioner of the Year.

I’m honored to have been a small part of a night recognizing tremendous accomplishments for those in economic development.

Oh, and I think EDDE is a clever name.  Are there other awards out there with creative monikers?

Scott Hanson
Scott Hanson
President Scott is president of HMA Public Relations and a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network. He’s a Phoenix native, husband, father of two and a fan of all sports and a participant in some. Check out Scott's full bio


  1. Pat Dryer says:

    Live! We knew we would get “the man behind the voice” there sooner or later – I’m sorry I missed it.

  2. The strategic vision of AAED is to be the leading advocate of responsible economic development for all of Arizona by leading the facilitation of public/private cooperation and fostering teamwork to address the growth and quality of life issues that face Arizona. For more information on AAED, visit or call (602) 240-2233.

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