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JEDCO Reaccredited by the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) announced that the Jefferson Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) has once again been recognized as one of 29 economic development organizations accredited by IEDC as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO). Originally accredited in 2008, the organization was reaccredited by IEDC following three successful years of activity as an AEDO member.

“JEDCO displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving of this honor”, said IEDC President and CEO, Jeff Finkle.

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: documentation review and an onsite visit. Each phase is designed to evaluate information about the structure, organization, funding, program, and staff of the candidate economic development organization.

Earning the AEDO accreditation tells the community and prospects that JEDCO attained a measure of excellence assuring that their trust is well placed and their business is in good hands.

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.

“AEDO accreditation re-affirms JEDCO’s status among the elite economic development organizations in the country and validates our commitment to strategic planning, organizational performance and excellent customer service,” said Lucien Gunter, JEDCO executive director.

The International Economic Development Council is the largest membership association serving economic and community development professionals in North America. With over 4,000 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 on IEDC or the AEDO Program, call Liz Thorstensen at 202-223-7800; fax 202-223-4735; write to IEDC at 734 15th Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005; email; or visit IEDC’s Web site at