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2017 Excellence in Economic Development Awards
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50th Anniversary Summer Conference Award Categories

Best Connector Award

“If there was a problem, yo, I’ll solve it.” Do you know someone that no matter what the problem, they can connect you to who you need to know to get it solved? Is there someone that seems to know just the right person or resource you need? No matter what the situation, they will connect you?

Being a “connector” means not only being a resource, but knowing other resources and the value of a connection. If you know someone you can always rely on to “stop, collaborate and listen” and can “connect” you – this award is for them!

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Rock Star Rookie of the Year

Major League Baseball has awarded a Rookie of the Year award since 1947 – it’s about time EDAM followed in those footsteps! We may not have Jackie Robinson as a member, but the EDAM membership contains some serious, up-and-coming talent.

Nominate someone that has shown exemplary performance in their rookie season. Performance stats could include; best supporter on projects, seeks unique opportunities to enhance performance, builds a strong network, and overall hits a home run over and over. In short, the new kid on the block that has quickly become a respected addition to the EDAM community.

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Best Story Teller

Pull up a chair, grab a drink, relax and be entertained by this great teller of tales. Who do you enjoy conversing with the most during an EDAM function? Who has provided you with great wisdom, entertaining anecdotes, and invaluable experiences you attempt to relay to the next person you meet? This award is designated for the person you most often go to for their economic development war stories or advice. Nominate your favorite raconteur for this prestigious honor.

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Behind the Scenes

We all know that person – the behind the scenes hero. The person who has it all together. They’re organized. They’re solid. They’re reliable. They pull out all of the stops and execute flawlessly. They don’t expect recognition. They don’t work to put more feathers in their cap, but yet they work because they truly care about the EDAM mission. This award recognizes an individual who represents that unseen force which propels this organization forward. This member consistently contributes to the organization with their efforts behind the scenes.

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Captivating Coach

“Behind every fearless player is a fearless coach who refused to let them be anything but the BEST they can be.” Who has responded to your constant ‘put me in coach’ requests? Who motivates and inspires you to reach that finish line? Who provides guidance to help you reach your full potential and tells you the truth even when you don’t want to hear it? Candidates for the Captivating Coach award know the Economic Development game and have the patience, leadership and communication skills that have consistently helped lead you to a win. Nominate the champion coach in your professional life for this esteemed award.

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