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Edie Awards

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Wanted:  Edie Award Nominations

The Illinois Chamber and Illinois Development Council Give “Edies” to Honor Those Who Imagine, Design, Invest, Build and Bring Jobs, Growth and Prosperity to Illinois Communities

We are pleased to announce the Illinois Chamber of Commerce is again teaming up with the Illinois Development Council (IDC) to present our sixth annual Economic Development in Illinois awards – the Edies, sponsored by ComEd!

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 2013 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 into the other categories.

The awards will be presented during the Illinois Chambers annual meeting on Thursday, June 26th at Sheraton-Chicago Hotel. Winners will be notified in April and invited (as a guest of the Chamber and IDC) to the awards banquet to receive the award in-person.

Please fill out the nomination form and email it by 5:00 pm CST on Friday, April 11th to:

Tom Wolf

Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Click here for the nomination form.  A list of past winners may be found here.  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 Development Council.

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 Tom Wolf (312-983-7109) at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce or Mike Lane (217-528-5230) at the IDC.

Invitation letter

Nomination form (pdf)

Nomination form (word)

Past Winners

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