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Innovate78 wins Gold Award from the International Economic Development Council

Innovate78 has won a Gold Award in the category of Innovation Programs and Initiatives from the International Economic Development Council (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.

Matt Sanford, City of Carlsbad, representing the five Cities of Innovate78 at IEDC Awards Ceremony in Nashville (far right)

The recognition from IEDC comes following a busy few years of leveraging our extensive local network to facilitate strategic business and networking opportunities for local companies and entrepreneurs. In 2020, in order to continue fostering community despite impacts of the pandemic, Innovate78 shifted from in-person forums to virtual networking and stakeholder engagement events, which played host to over 100 business leaders over the course of five events.

Launched in 2014, Innovate78 supports the business ecosystem of North County San Diego by further elevating the region’s reputation and assisting businesses as they evolve. The collaborative partnership between the cities along San Diego’s 78 Corridor – Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos, and Vista – helps businesses prosper in place for the betterment of all who work and reside here. This multi-city economic development initiative furthers local innovation with a shared vision to boost long-term economic recovery, resiliency and prosperity.

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

2021 IEDC Board Chair, and Invest Buffalo Niagara, President, and CEO Tom Kucharski

By promoting North County San Diego as a cohesive region – not just a collection of distinct municipalities competing against one another – Innovate78 is a testament to the shared values of elected officials and municipal leadership creating a culture of collaboration to support startups, foster business expansions and nurture investment within the region.

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