LVGEA becomes an Accredited Economic Development Organization

by Nicole K. Santero

The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) recently celebrated the announcement of its designation as an Accredited Economic Development Organization by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). With only 61 groups across the country recognized as an AEDO, this places the LVGEA in the top one percent of economic development organizations.

“The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving of this honor,” said IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle.

The AEDO program is a comprehensive peer review process that measures economic development organizations against commonly held standards in the profession. The program consists of two phases: a documentation review and an onsite visit. Each phase is designed to evaluate information about the structure, organization, funding, programs, and staff of the candidate economic development organization.

Earning the AEDO accreditation tells the community and prospects that the LVGEA has attained a measure of excellence assuring that their trust is well-placed and their business is in good hands. Maintenance of the AEDO status is required every three years and is accomplished through documentation submission and/or onsite visits by a team of the AEDO subcommittee.

The International Economic Development Council is the largest membership association serving economic and community development professionals in the world. With over 5,000 members nationwide and abroad, IEDC offers the economic development profession one source for information and professional development, one voice for the profession and one force for advocacy.

To learn more about the AEDO program, visit iedconline.org.

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