We are excited to share that the Town of Addison won a Gold Rank for its Coworking Day in the Park, a project in the category of Special Event of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented at an awards ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference, which is currently underway.
What is IEDC?
IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. 25 award categories honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Awards are judged by a diverse panel of economic and community developers, following a nomination process held earlier this year. IEDC received over 500 submissions from four countries.
Growth of the Event
When the Town started Coworking Day in the fall of 2018, they were pleased to have around 30 participants throughout the day. Since the inaugural event they have seen participation growth in each of the subsequent three events that they have held. At the April 2021 event the Town had over 70 participants representing more than 20 local businesses! The event has become more important in the current era of COVID-19 as companies search for different and safe collaborative work environments. No other community in the DFW Metroplex has organized an event such as this, and it certainly ties in well to the targeted industrial sectors, many of which are technology, financial, and marketing firms. The event helps enhance the creativity of their businesses, and demonstrates the community’s supportive efforts to think differently outside the box in economic development efforts.
What is Coworking Day?
Coworking Day in the Park is biannual event hosted in Addison’s 10-Acre park, Addison Circle Park. The purpose of the event is to encourage the business community to change up their traditional work routine and get out of the office and work outside for the day. Coworking Day in the Park also provides the opportunity for Addison businesses to network and collaborate with one another in a unique atmosphere. The Economic Development & Tourism Department collaborates with the Parks Department on this unique event.
Benefits From the Event
April 2021’s Coworking Day in the Park also acted as a “reopening” event for the Addison business community as it was the first time that many participating companies were able to get together and meet as a team in a safe and fun environment following the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Town of Addison provides participants with free WiFi, complimentary coffee throughout the day, and a food truck at lunch time. Participants also have an opportunity to visit nearby restaurants that are within walking distance to the park. The Parks Department will also provide exercise classes and team games to enhance collaboration and health.
“The winners of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the best of economic development and exemplify the leadership that our profession strives for every day,” said 2021 IEDC Board Chair and Invest Buffalo Niagara, President, and CEO Tom Kucharski. “We’re honored to recognize the more than 100 communities whose marketing submissions, projects, and partnerships have improved regional quality of life.”
The IEDC is honored to recognize the outstanding organizations that received this year’s Excellence Awards. This year, more than ever, has presented opportunities to innovate, impact, and progress the cities, neighborhoods, and communities around us. Each of this year’s recipients represents the best of the economic development profession and exemplifies the ingenuity for fellow economic developers to aspire to in the years to come.
About the International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities by creating, retaining, and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members engage in the full range of economic development experiences. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in various settings, including local, state, provincial, and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities, and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. Learn more at iedconline.org.