Columbus 2020 Honored at IEDC Conference

Organization receives a Gold IEDC Internet and New Media award for its website.

October 2, 2018

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Columbus, Ohio – Columbus 2020, the economic development organization for the 11-county Columbus Region, received high praise at the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) 2018 Annual Conference, held in Atlanta, GA. The conference recognizes economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials and the year’s most influential leaders.

Columbus 2020 received a Gold IEDC Internet and New Media award for its website. The award was presented at the IEDC award ceremony on Tuesday, October 2.

The IEDC Internet and New Media Award category recognizes the marketing work of organizations at the forefront of the economic development profession. Awards in this category are judged on the goal/mission, quantifiable results related to the goal, data type and quality, effectiveness of the mission, interactivity, timeliness and relevance of information, quality of content, organization, visual appeal and navigability, accessibility and overall value for economic development efforts.

The Columbus Region website features a fresh design, streamlined navigation, and robust data and lead generation functionalities. From the homepage, it is easy to access information about Columbus 2020, regional businesses and industries, market research, moving to the Columbus Region along with general news and events. In addition to serving as an up-to-date resource for in-depth regional information, the website maintains the Columbus Region’s strong brand, enhances modern functionalities and user experience, and increases staff productivity. The 2018 website is the trusted resource for those looking to expand their companies in the Columbus Region. The website can be viewed here.

“This year our judges reviewed some extraordinary projects that advanced both communities and businesses,” said Craig Richard, CEcD, FM, president and CEO, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and 2018 IEDC board chair. “We congratulate all the award winners, and thank everyone who nominated their projects for sharing their success with fellow IEDC members. What we learn from each other helps us to grow and advance as a profession. We look forward to even greater participation from economic developers across the globe in the 2019 awards program.”


About Columbus 2020
As the economic development organization for the Columbus Region, Columbus 2020’s mission is to generate opportunity and build capacity for economic growth across 11 Central Ohio counties. In 2010, hundreds of business and community leaders developed the Columbus 2020 Regional Growth Strategy, and the Columbus Region is now experiencing the strongest decade of growth in its history. Consistently named among the best economic development organizations in the country, Columbus 2020 expertly guides companies through the location decision process. Through strategic business outreach and customized research, the Columbus 2020 team leverages public, private and institutional partnerships to grow the Columbus Region’s economy and strengthen its national and international competitiveness. Funding is received from more than 300 private organizations, local governments, academic institutions and JobsOhio. Learn more at

About the International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is the world’s largest membership organization for economic development professionals. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life in their communities by creating, retaining, and expanding jobs that facilitate growth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, our members represent the entire range of economic development. Learn more at

Columbus 2020 Media Contact
Amy Harman

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