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Edie Awards

Wanted! Nominations for the 7th Annual Edie Awards 

Sponsored by:





March 26, 2015

Dear Economic Development Leaders in Illinois:

We are pleased to announce the Illinois Chamber of Commerce is again teaming up with the Illinois Economic Development Association (IEDA) to present our 7th annual Economic Development in Illinois awards – the Edies! This year we are very excited to have ComEd on board as the sponsor of the awards. ComEd is a natural fit for this program given their continued leadership and interest in economic development in Illinois.

The Edies honor those who imagine, design, invest, build and bring jobs, growth and prosperity to Illinois communities. We believe it is important to take a moment and showcase recent accomplishments – especially when they translated into more jobs and economic vitality in our state. In addition, it is a great opportunity to obtain positive exposure for local businesses and communities who achieved great things this year.

We need your help to nominate worthy projects for recognition.

We have a general idea of what’s been created throughout Illinois, but business and economic development leaders like you know best what’s happening on the ground.

The awards recognize outstanding economic development projects completed in calendar year 2014 and will be given out in the following categories:

  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution/Logistics
  • Commercial
  • Energy
  • Technology
  • Other

We are able to recognize up to three winners within each category so we can award projects located in the City of Chicago, suburban Cook County/collar counties, and statewide. We’ve added “other” as a category because we know that some important projects that helped transform the local economy simply don’t fit neatly into the other five categories.

The awards will be presented during the Illinois Chamber’s annual meeting on Tuesday, July 14th in Chicago. Winners will be notified in May and invited (as a guest of the Chamber and IEDA) to the awards banquet to receive the award in-person.

Please fill out the nomination form either as an editable Word document, or by printing the pdf version, and email it by 5 p.m. CST on Friday, May 1st to:

Randy Nehrt

Illinois Chamber of Commerce

The list of past winners can be found at below. We have tried hard to make the nomination form easy to fill out – asking for information that should be readily at hand.

All submissions will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Economic Development Association.

The submissions will be judged based on a mix of quantitative (total private investment, jobs created/retained, average wages) and qualitative (unique contribution, creative public/private partnership, low environmental impact) criteria. To be clear, this is not just about the biggest projects with the most state incentives. It is an opportunity to recognize projects that have a large impact on the community. I think we can all agree that those kinds of projects come in different shapes and sizes.

If you have any questions regarding this awards program or process, please call Randy Nehrt (217-522-5512) at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce or Mike Lane (217-528-5230) at the IEDA. A copy of the invitation letter is here. A list of previous winners is here.

We appreciate your involvement in this event and your on-going efforts to grow the Illinois economy and its communities.



Todd Signature



Todd Maisch

President and CEO

Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Signature Denison

Terry Denison

President, Jacksonville Regional Economic Development Corporation

Chair, Illinois Economic Development Association



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