For Immediate Release
Burke Development Receives Two Excellence in Economic Development Awards from the International Economic Development Council
BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (October 14, 2015) – The International Economic Development Council has selected Burke Development, Inc. as a two-time Excellence in Economic Development award recipient. BDI was recognized at the IEDC Annual Conference on October 5 for its role in developing the Carolina Textile District.
The Carolina Textile District was formed in 2013 by BDI; Opportunity Threads, a Morganton cut and sew facility; and the Manufacturing Solutions Center, a research and development institute in Conover. The organization is a network of textile related companies that collaborate to meet the increasing demand for US textile production.
BDI was selected as a Gold Award recipient in the Multi-Year Economic Development category and as a Silver Award recipient in the Regionalism and Cross-Border Collaboration (Population 25,000-200,000) category.
“From localized community projects, to large scale endeavors, economic development efforts have played a vital role in the global economy,” said JoAnn Crary, CEcD, Chair of the International Economic Development Council and President of Saginaw Future Inc. “As we address new and longstanding challenges, these efforts continue to take on even greater importance. The award serves as a salute to pacesetting organizations like Burke Development, Inc. for leading the charge.”
Recipients of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards demonstrate to an experienced panel of judges that they are at the forefront of the economic development profession. They are recognized as the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.
“We are honored to receive the IEDC awards, which are very prestigious,” said BDI President Alan Wood. “BDI and our partners at Opportunity Threads and the Manufacturing Solutions Center have put a lot of effort into this project and it is paying off.”
As a result of the Carolina Textile District, western North Carolina was selected in March 2015 by Textile Insight magazine as a “Top Ten Emerging Hub for Textile Production.”
“The textile industry has long been a part of who we are in western North Carolina,” added Wood. “This project has allowed us to revitalize the industry at a time when there is great demand for US production of sewn textile goods.”
According to the 2014 A.T. Kearney Reshoring Index, apparel was the third largest reshoring industry in the manufacturing sector in 2014. The Textile District assists both start-ups and well established companies that want to bring their textile production back to North Carolina by connecting them to manufacturers that can produce their product.
About the International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,600 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 are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of 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. www.iedconline.org.
About Burke Development, Inc.
Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) is a nonprofit organization supported by private and public funding that is charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. BDI works with industry leaders, site selection consultants, government agencies and other entities to facilitate expansion strategies for existing businesses and recruit target industries to Burke County. For more information about BDI visit www.BurkeDevInc.com.