International Awards Received by Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation

For Immediate Release

Jack Allston, PCEDC Director
[email protected]

Pottawatomie County

(Pictured from left to right: Dirk Riniker, President, Ebert Construction and Vice President, Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation, Jack Allston, Executive Director, PCEDC and Jessica Venneberg, Executive Assistant, PCEDC.)

Washington, DC – Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation won three awards from the International Economic Development Council Excellence in Economic Development Awards.  The honors were presented at an awards ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference, the week of October 12.

The first award highlighted Pottawatomie County businesses that also received NetWork Kansas E-Community loans including Bluestem Orchard, Westmoreland; Fox Home Innovations, Manhattan; Loretta’s Artisanal Bakery and Café, Belvue; Sugar Creek Country Store, St. Mary’s; and Wildcat Fun & Fitness, Manhattan and were featured in an internationally-recognized video series that won in the Entrepreneurship award category which included a set of 30-second videos highlighting key small businesses in Pottawatomie County.

The second award was for a Multi-Year Program and Economic Impact Analysis Award. The multi-year program highlights the measurable results of the organization over the last five years with various infographics, testimonials and timelines in several annual reports and the two 5-year implementation plans. The program also entails an Economic Impact Analysis completed for Pottawatomie County’s Economic Development Corporation’s three industrial parks account for $1.053M/year in property tax revenue and estimated sales tax revenue from employee purchases and multipliers of close to $900K/year. It also included the Economic Impact Analysis completed by the Flint Hills and a 60-second video, as well as the 2015 and 2020 Implementation Plans.

The third award was for the Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation Annual Report.  In all, the awards included two silver and one bronze highlight PCEDC’s strong small business and entrepreneurship programs and loans, which include E-Community work with the NetWork Kansas program.

“The Pottawatomie County Board of Directors is honored to receive these highly prestigious awards from IEDC. The Entrepreneurship Award proves we have enhanced our visibility in building an entrepreneurship ecosystem, and Multi-Year Program Award demonstrates the significant positive economic impact PCEDC has on jobs, growth, income and wealth in our cities and Pottawatomie County,” stated Terry Force, President of Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation.

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. 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. 35 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 from around the world, following a nomination process held earlier this year. IEDC received over 500 submissions from 4 countries.

“The winners of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the very best of economic development and exemplify the ingenuity, integrity, and leadership that our profession strives for each and every day,” said 2020 IEDC Board Chair and One Columbus CEO Kenny McDonald. “We’re honored to recognize the more than 100 communities whose marketing campaigns, projects and partnerships have measurably improved regional quality of life.”

For more information on Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation and to learn more about how they can help your business thrive in Pottawatomie County, go to or  Additionally, you can contact [email protected].  For more information on NetWork Kansas go to


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