Anchorage joins cities nationwide in hosting events in celebration of economic development – May 8-14, 2016.

Economic Development Week was created by the International Economic Development Council in commemoration of its 90-year anniversary as the largest professional membership organization for economic developers. Economic Development Week also comes to Anchorage as Governor Walker recently proclaimed May, “Buy Alaskan Month” to encourage Alaskans to buy local and source services from in state as much as possible.

Barry Matherly, the Chair of the International Economic Development Council and the President of the Greater Richmond Partnership said, “We are so pleased that Anchorage is helping to celebrate the profession and the professionals that work hard to create opportunity for all citizens and their communities.”

Economic developers are charged with generating economic growth, creating better jobs for residents and facilitating an improved quality of life. The industry remains as complex, challenging and rewarding as ever.

“We at AEDC are thrilled to participate in this national event,” said Bill Popp, president and CEO of AEDC. “Our city’s industries operate at the same level as many major players worldwide and we are very excited to showcase that on a platform such as this.”

Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced several economic development initiatives for Anchorage at a press conference hosted by the Anchorage Economic Development Corp. on Wednesday.

The efforts provided by economic developers are being showcased this week nationally. Members of Congress are also highlighting the work of our nation’s economic developers through special resolutions that are appearing in the Congressional Record.

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