Friday, October 1, 2010

Ketchum honored for economic development

City department compiled report on area


By TREVON MILLIARD
Express Staff Writer

Ketchum has received an Excellence in Economic Development Award in the category of Annual Brochure.

The award, for communities with populations less than 25,000, came from the International Economic Development Council at its annual conference on Sept. 28 in Columbus, Ohio. The council is a membership organization dedicated to helping economic-development professionals create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions. Its members serve more than 4,500 regions.

Ketchum's Community and Economic Development Department won for its effort to revitalize Ketchum by seeking location-neutral businesses to locate there. The department's annual report not only provides information to year-round residents, but also to second-home owners and visitors, hoping to entice them to move their businesses here. 

Ketchum's efforts also emphasize, to business owners, the quality of life the town provides, claiming the area is rich with cultural events, void of large-city chaos and a mecca for year-round outdoor activities. 

The council's annual award program honors organizations and individuals in 28 categories for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban and rural communities.

Trevon Milliard: tmilliard@mtexpress.com




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