Northeastern Economic Developers Association Announces Annual Award Recipients

The Northeastern Economic Developers Association will hold its annual conference on September 13 – 15 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Downtown in Syracuse.

Each year NEDA recognizes outstanding achievements in the field of economic development by way of their annual Best Practice and Marketing Awards.

During the annual conference awards dinner on September 14th NEDA will recognize the following people and projects for outstanding work in 2015 :

NEDA Lifetime Achievement Award: L. Michael Treadwell, Oswego.

Mike has been the executive director of Operation Oswego County, Inc., a not-for-profit economic development corporation serving Oswego County, since 1983. Among other achievements, Mike has received the Exceptional Commitment Award from the Greater Oswego Chamber of Commerce in 1996, the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation from the International Economic Development Council in 1996.

He has also received the Economic Developer of the Year for New York State from New York State Economic Development Council in 2004.

NEDA Richard Kelso Educator of the Year Award: Mark Waterhouse, Pleasant Valley, CT
Mark D. Waterhouse, CEcD has been active in the field of economic development since 1972. He is President and one of the founders of Garnet Consulting Services, Inc., a firm that specializes in market and feasibility studies, business park master planning, community and organizational evaluation, and strategic planning.

Mark is a graduate of Dartmouth College and was awarded the Dartmouth Alumni Award in recognition of service to the college, distinction in his career and community service. He is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and the Minority Business and Economic Development Internship Program.

NEDA Member of the Year Award: Brian Anderson. Syracuse, NY
The NEDA Board of Directors highly endorsed and supported the nomination of Brian Anderson as our Member of the Year for 2015. In actuality Brian is being recognized by the Board for his outstanding commitment and service to NEDA over the last 3 years. Serving as both a board member and board president, Brian was an important leader of NEDA through these difficult transition years and without his tireless support of NEDA the organization would not be moving forward in the manner it currently is.

Brian is a Lead Economic Development Representative for National Grid and is recognized in Central New York as a proactive and visionary leader of economic development policies in the region.

NEDA Business of the Year Award: M & T Bank, Syracuse, NY
M&T has a long history of providing financing and investments that help expand the supply of affordable housing, support the growth of small businesses, facilitate the purchase and rehabilitation of housing for our neighbors and generate economic activity in our communities. In Central NY their commitment to local business growth is reflected in their support of CenterState CEO’s Germinator Regional Business Competition; the Downtown Syracuse – Hotel Syracuse Renovation project; and their long-standing reputation as the leading SBA lender in the region. M&T Bank believes that strengthening community institutions leads to increased economic opportunity for individuals and a healthier overall business climate.
M&T Bank has been a financial partner to small businesses since it was established in Buffalo, New York in 1856. M&T is the leading U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) lender in most of its largest markets, including the SBA Districts of Baltimore, Buffalo, Delaware, Philadelphia, Syracuse and Washington, D.C. M&T also ranks as the 6th largest SBA lender in the nation, based on the total number of loans made through the SBA’s most utilized loan program.

NEDA Program of the Year Award: Franklin County Area Development Corp. – FCADC Supply-Chain Development and Localization Program, Chambersburg, PA
The “FCADC Supply-Chain Development and Localization Program” is specifically designed to provide direct targeted support to Franklin County-based Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) via the enhancement of their domestic supply chain, as well as assistance to those international OEM suppliers considering the “re-shoring” or “localization” of their products and services within Franklin County.

To date, the “FCADC Supply-Chain Development and Localization Program” has had far reaching impacts across all of Franklin County. Since 2012 the program has directly supported the local OEM network via more than $38.8 Million of new capital investment within the County’s manufacturing and “just-in-time” supply-chain.

NEDA Project of the Year Award (Community 50,000 Population): The Syracuse Technology Garden – The Syracuse Technology Garden Expands, Syracuse, NY
The Syracuse Technology Garden is a very unique economic development project that saw major expansion efforts this year. It started as a public-works project to rehabilitate a collapsed parking garage into a high-tech incubator facility ten years ago. Since then the Tech Garden has become one of the leading incubators in New York State. It is a unique facility as it is privately operated (non-university) by an Economic Development Organization.

The Tech Center is a private / public partnership with funding coming from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, a New York State Innovation Hot Spot grants, CenterState CEO and National Grid. The Tech Garden serves 400 companies a year with programs and office space.

NEDA will also recognize numerous marketing initiatives in the economic development field as part of their annual Marketing Awards. This year those winners are:

NEDA Marketing Best in Show Award: Connecticut Economic Resource Center – 2015 Connecticut Economic Review, Rocky Hill, CT
Connecticut is a leader in a variety of economic and quality-of-life categories and the annual edition of the Connecticut Economic Review (Review) is designed to communicate these metrics for business recruitment purposes. The Review is designed to convey Connecticut’s positive data to in-state, out-of-state and international executives, decision-makers and economic development professionals who may or may not have prior knowledge about the state. While this is the 18th year of this annual publication, this year’s Review represents a complete revamp, including a more accessible format, enhanced graphics, relevant quotes, artistic photography, and engaging copy utilizing contrasts.

NEDA Marketing President’s Award: Mohawk Valley EDGE – For Outstanding Overall Contributions to Economic Development Marketing, Rome, NY
Mohawk Valley EDGE is a vertically integrated economic development organization that can assist your business to locate, grow and prosper in Oneida and Herkimer Counties, in the center of New York State. The NEDA Awards Committee is honored to recognize EDGE’s success in a wide-variety of economic development marketing campaigns and initiatives.

Those campaigns included:
EDGE Annual Report
Marcy Nanocenter website
The Cyber-NY Alliance Brochure

Outstanding Marketing of Economic Development Products and Services: Operation Oswego County – Oswego County Economic Development News, Oswego, NY
Operation Oswego County’s mission is to establish and implement sound economic development strategies in order to enhance the economic vitality of Oswego County’s businesses, industries and citizens leading to an overall better quality of life. The “OOC E-News” has become a valuable tool to report important information about current economic development activity to their constituents and to direct potential business customers to their website to learn about the resources and assets of the Oswego County community.
Outstanding Branding or Promotion of Economic Development Organization: Connecticut Economic Resource Center – City of Meriden Billboard Campaign, Meriden, CT
The City of Meriden sought to develop electronic billboard signage to promote Meriden as a great place to live, work and play. Through an agreement with a media firm who was locating a new digital billboard on city-owned property along route I-91 in Meriden, the city had access to the advertising billboard for its use. CERC’s research revealed that it had been many years since the city had developed a new
logo/tagline. The target audience for the billboard was a wide range of users– all who would benefit from having more knowledge of Meriden as a great place to live, work and play. Meriden community groups have expressed “overwhelming support” for the billboard campaign.

Outstanding Content on Economic Development Topics: Connecticut Economic Resource Center – CERC Eye on Economics, Rocky Hill, CT
CERC’s Eye on Economics is released each month and generally focuses on economic topics, research and data that are important to the economic development efforts in Connecticut. It is sent out via CERC’s enews and posted on
Eye on Economics delivers consistent, quality economic development content that is clear, well-organized and based on reliable research and data sources. It evidences an understanding of what businesses, economic development professionals, legislators and other policy makers find most informative and useful when considering potential investments and planning.

“We had a list of outstanding nominees to choose from this year,” said NEDA Board President Jim Damicis. “It was difficult to make the final selections. But, I guess that reflects the amount of talent we have here in the Northeast.”

To register and view the program for the NEDA Annual conference you can go to!2015-conference/c1vo6

Throughout its 58 year history NEDA has championed effective and innovative economic development practices. They are the Northeast’s premier regional professional organization for economic development leaders.