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City of Dublin Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award

September 20, 2011 – (DUBLIN, Ohio) – The City of Dublin, Ohio received an Excellence in Economic Development Award for The Dublin Apprentice: Teen Entrepreneurial Camp in the category of Entrepreneurship 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, September 20 during the IEDC Annual Conference, September 18-21 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“We recognize the City of Dublin for providing successful strategies to promote new standards in economic development in this period of global recovery,” said Dennis Coleman, IEDC chair. “Our awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in communities. They demonstrate that they are at the forefront of the economic development profession and are using innovative and effective practices that can be replicated in other communities.”

The City of Dublin Economic Development team provides programs to retain, expand, attract and create jobs and promote the success and global competitiveness of Dublin businesses in order to ensure the long-term fiscal health of the City of Dublin, the region and the State of Ohio.

In 2008, Dublin launched the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center (DEC) to provide services and promote an environment to encourage entrepreneurial ventures. Realizing the need to engage the entrepreneurial spirit at a younger age, the Economic Development team worked with the City’s Recreation Services department, which offers school-age activity camps, to create a summer camp aimed at middle-school students. The result is an award-winning program where teens gain real-world business experience that gives them an opportunity to create new ventures.

The primary purpose of the Dublin Entrepreneurial Camp, also known as The Dublin Apprentice, is to capture the entrepreneurial spirit inherent in teens by building strong, long-term and sustainable partnerships between teens, local government and businesses. This program creates a system of transfer of valuable knowledge among teenagers and local businesses that prepare these young entrepreneurs for the future needs of the small business owner and workforce.

The Excellence in Economic Awards Program annually recognizes the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials and the year’s most influential leaders. The program honors organizations and individuals in 28 categories for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban and rural communities.

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is the premier membership organization dedicated to helping economic development professionals create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions. Serving more than 4,500 members, IEDC represents the largest network of economic development professionals in the world. IEDC provides a diverse range of services, including conferences, certification, professional development, publications, research, advisory services and legislative tracking.

For more information
Contact: Sue Burness, Public Affairs Officer | Desk: 614.410.4508 | Cell: 614.226.5382
sburness@dublin.oh.us | Twitter: @sueburness