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GRP honored at SEDC Annual Conference, wins 7 awards

August 20, 2013

ATLANTA, GA (August 20, 2013) –The Greater Richmond Partnership received seven awards for various marketing pieces at the Communication Awards Ceremony during the 2013 Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) Annual Conference, recently held August 4‐6, 2013 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“These annual Communication Awards recognize and showcase the leading marketing work done by economic development professionals throughout the south. The Greater Richmond Partnership was one of the organizations that hit the mark this year with their marketing campaigns this year. These campaigns not only show creativity, but also solid messaging and effectiveness at reaching its target audience. We were wowed by all the entries we received this year, and were impressed with the high level of marketing work being done in economic development by SEDC members,” said SEDC President Gene Stinson after the Ceremony.

The Communication Awards are given each year by SEDC at its Annual Conference. Over 20 categories of marketing work submitted by SEDC members are evaluated within four division size levels. The awards are: BEST OF SHOW, BEST OF CLASS, SUPERIOR, EXCELLENT, MERIT, and SPECIAL JUDGES’ AWARDS. Judging criteria for General Entry Awards include Graphic Appeal, Clarity of Message, Quality of Information, Positioning / Differentiation and Format. All winners were on full display for attendees to view during the conference.

The seven awards presented to the Greater Richmond Partnership:

  • Award of Superior:
  • Award of Superior: RVA Agents
  • Award of Superior:‘s Integrated Marketing Campaign
  • Award of Excellent: Greater Richmond Target Cluster Packet
  • Award of Excellent: Greater Richmond Partnership Annual Report 2011‐2012
  • Award of Merit: “Business First” Annual Report 2011‐2012
  • Award of Merit: International Brochure

Judges for the Communication Awards competition are economic development consultants, practitioners and design professionals from across the southern U.S. that work with clients in developing strategies for growth in their communities. SEDC chose these judges because of their knowledge of economic development, site location and design. They understand the needs businesses have in choosing a site and how communities and economic development organizations can reach prospective clients through their marketing efforts.

The 2013 SEDC Annual Conference is currently in its 66th year and is SEDC’s main educational event of the year. Over 250 economic development professionals spent three days networking and learning recent economic development trends and strategies from corporate, government and executive professionals.

About SEDC

The Southern Economic Development Council is an 900 member professional association composed of a broad cross‐section of active and influential economic developers from business and industry, utilities, transportation, financial and education institutions, chambers of  commerce, and local, regional and state development agencies. Members in the 17‐state area share a common interest: the promotion and enhancement of the economic development profession. The SEDC region includes the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland and the District of Columbia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. For more information about SEDC please visit our Web site at

Contact Information

Laura Guerin, Director of Membership and Events
Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC)
[email protected], (404) 523‐3030
P.O. Box 18369, Atlanta, GA 303016