WFBIP receives two IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Awards

Town of Wake Forest News

The Wake Forest Business & Industry Partnership (WFBIP) recently received two Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The WFBIP earned the honors for its “Quality of Life Booklet,” in the category of Special Purpose Print Brochure, and its “2017 Community Profile,” in the category of General Purpose Print Brochure.

“Our brand is still young, so it is a real honor to win awards in two categories in this highly competitive, international competition,” said WFBIP President Jason Cannon. “The IEDC received over 500 entries this year. I want to offer a sincere and special thanks to the Town of Wake Forest’s Graphic Coordinator Bess Martinson for her incredible work on the ‘Quality of Life Booklet.’ Likewise, I’d like to thank Jeff Denny and his team at Liaison Design Group for their impressive work on the ‘2017 Community Profile.’”

While recognizing the Quality of Life Booklet, the IEDC noted, “Wake Forest is part of the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina and minutes from Raleigh, the state capital. Home to over 43,000 residents and a growing business base, Wake Forest stands as a vibrant, charming community in one of the nation’s fastest growing regions. While this is extremely evident to those who live in the area, this booklet serves as a tangible tool to demonstrate this to everyone else. In true photo-book fashion, this piece is full of large, captivating images with bold captions telling the story of Wake Forest. It focuses on all of the top quality of life features important to anyone considering Wake Forest for their business. The margins contain text for more information, but the photography is designed to speak for itself. An important factor in attracting talent for a business is locating it in a quality place. Flip through these pages and you will quickly see a place of quality emerge.”

Of the Community Profile, the IEDC wrote: “Chock-full of infographics, charts, and photography, the Community Profile strategically presents the amazing strengths of the community in one concise piece. Specifically, the profile highlights Wake Forest’s impressive population characteristics, economic indicators, technical industry base, workforce, transportation assets, and educational strengths. It serves as an important resource for businesses, investors, site selectors, developers, and regional and state economic development partners.”

The honors were announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 2, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which took place Sept. 29-Oct. 3, in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Wake Forest Business & Industry Partnership (WFBIP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation promoting Wake Forest as a destination for business and industry through economic development activities which expand the tax base, increase job opportunities, and foster positive economic impact on our community.

For more information, contact Senior Project Manager Jennifer Gaston at 919-435-9420.


About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is the world’s largest membership organization for economic development professionals. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life in their communities by creating, retaining, and expanding jobs that facilitate growth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, our members represent the entire range of economic development. Learn more at

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