Saginaw Future Inc. Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council
Saginaw, MI, October 17, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Saginaw Future Inc. received a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2012 project in the category of BRE- Single Event for communities with populations of 25,000 – 200,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 8, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held October 6-9, in Philadelphia, Penn.
“The Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize Saginaw Future as being one of the leading organizations in the industry for innovation, creativity and successful strategies,” said IEDC Chair, Paul Krutko. “These awards are meant to honor the organizations and individuals who are dedicated to making a positive change in their communities. This organization uses creative solutions and inventive ideas, and offers other regions a wonderful example to learn and benefit from. The award represents an acknowledgment and appreciation for Saginaw Future’s dedication to continuous growth within itself, as well as improving the industry overall.”
Saginaw Future Inc. (SFI) is in the business of generating new investment and job growth in Saginaw County, MI, USA. SFI works directly with companies on projects, develops initiatives that will stimulate new investment and utilizes existing development tools to help spur growth.
In 2012, Morley Companies, a major area employer was experiencing accelerated growth at a rapid pace. The group travel, performance improvement, outsourced business processing, exhibits, displays and experiences and market research provider had additional opportunities, but had outgrown its current facilities. At the same time, AT&T, a worldwide communications provider, was transitioning along with its customers from a reliance on land line phone usage to the speed, reliability and convenience of IP and wireless communication. AT&T, with a regional hub in City of Saginaw and a service center in Saginaw Charter Township, was considering options on how to best serve rapidly increasing mobile customers and utilize assets.
Through its Corporate Watch Call program, SFI became aware of and was able to assist both companies. AT&T consolidated in Downtown Saginaw bringing jobs, foot traffic and energy. Morley Companies purchased the AT&T building in Saginaw Charter Township, which went from having a potentially vacant building to a new technical support center. Saginaw County, the Great Lakes Bay Region and the State of Michigan were able to retain both companies, which could have relocated outside of the State.
IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.
Established in 1992, Saginaw Future Inc. (SFI) is a public-private alliance of local businesses, the County of Saginaw, City of Saginaw, 15 local municipalities and the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce. SFI’s strategic partners also include education, labor and government. Since its beginning, SFI has remained dedicated to fostering quality job creation through expansion of local industry and attraction of new business projects to the community. www.SaginawFuture.com.
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. www.iedconline.org