Greater Sacramento Receives #3 Economic Development Organization in World from International Economic Development Council

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Michelle Willard
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GSEC takes home four awards and receives top honors at Annual IEDC Conference

Sacramento, CA  The Greater Sacramento Economic Council (GSEC) announced that it has been ranked the third best economic development group in the world for the second consecutive year by the prestigious International Economic Development Council (IEDC). This accolade reflects GSEC’s unwavering commitment to transforming the region’s economy with a focus on growth, sustainability, competitiveness and equity.

IEDC, a globally respected organization dedicated to advancing economic development excellence, has once again acknowledged GSEC’s outstanding efforts in shaping the economic landscape of the Greater Sacramento region. This recognition comes as a testament to the dedication and hard work put forth by the entire team at GSEC, working tirelessly to drive positive change in the region.

Matina Kolokotronis, Chief Operating Officer of the Sacramento Kings and Chair of the GSEC Board, shared her pride in the organization, saying, “As Board Chair of GSEC, I am immensely proud of the dedicated efforts put forth by the team and regional community partners. This recognition not only reaffirms our commitment to fostering inclusive economic growth throughout the region, but also underscores the positive impact our work has on our community and region. Together, we will continue to make Greater Sacramento a place where businesses thrive and communities prosper.”

“We are honored to receive this recognition from IEDC for the second year in a row,” Greater Sacramento Economic Council President and CEO Barry Broome said. “It underscores the relentless dedication of our team to make the region a hub of economic competitiveness and a model of equity and inclusion. We are proud to lead the charge in transforming our region and this award serves as a testament to the positive impact we are making.”

In addition to the top three global recognition, GSEC also secured a Gold Award and Best in Show nomination for their exceptional #CApitalMomentum campaign video, which brilliantly showcases the potential and vitality of the region. This video, a compelling portrayal of the region’s strengths, highlights the collaborative spirit and innovation that define Greater Sacramento.

GSEC’s achievements at the IEDC Conference in Dallas, Texas, did not stop there. The organization received further accolades with a Bronze Award for the #CApitalMomentum White Paper Print Brochure, a valuable resource showcasing the region’s strategic advantages through data and analytics. Furthermore, the #CApitalMomentum Campaign earned a Silver Award in the category of Digital Media for its innovative use of digital platforms to amplify the message of the region’s economic potential on a global scale.

In total, GSEC walked away with an impressive four awards from the IEDC Conference, cementing their position as a leading force in economic development worldwide. These accolades underscore GSEC’s commitment to fostering growth, sustainability, equity and competitiveness for an inclusive economy in Sacramento and the broader region.

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About the Greater Sacramento Economic Council
The Greater Sacramento Economic Council is the catalyst for innovative growth strategies in the Capital Region of California. The organization spearheads community-led direction to retain, attract, grow and scale tradable sectors, develop advanced industries and create jobs and investment throughout a six-county region. Greater Sacramento represents a collaboration between local and state governments, market leaders, influencers and stakeholders, with the sole mission of driving growth, sustainability, equity and competitiveness by inclusive economic growth. The Greater Sacramento region was founded on discovery, built on leadership and fueled by innovation.

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