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The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) announces that GO Topeka, an organization of the Greater Topeka Partnership, has once again been recognized as one of 64 economic development organizations accredited by IEDC as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO). Originally accredited in February 2018, the organization was reaccredited by IEDC following three successful years of activity as an AEDO member.

“GO Topeka displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving of this honor”, said IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle.

“This is outstanding news,” said Molly Howey, president of GO Topeka. “This accreditation is awarded to the best in our industry, with only 64 accredited agencies in the nation. IEDC acknowledgment is further confirmation that GO Topeka is a leading authority in economic development, not just in our region, but in the country.”

“Accreditation from the International Economic Development Council is the pinnacle of validation. We are in exclusive company when it comes to economic development organizational expertise. GO Topeka is proud to be the first and only accredited economic development organization in the State of Kansas,” says Matt Pivarnik, CEO of the Greater Topeka Partnership. “I attribute this accreditation to our volunteer leadership, elected leaders, JEDO, professional staff and many community partners.”

The AEDO program is a comprehensive peer review process that measures economic development organizations against commonly held standards in the profession. The program consists of two phases: a documentation review and an onsite visit. Each phase is designed to evaluate information about the structure, organization, funding, program, and staff of the candidate economic development organization.

Earning the AEDO accreditation tells the community and prospects that the Name of organization attained a measure of excellence assuring that their trust is well placed, and their business is in good hands.

Maintenance of the AEDO status is required every three years and is accomplished through documentation submission and/or onsite visits by a team of the AEDO subcommittee.

The International Economic Development Council is the largest membership association serving economic and community development professionals in the world. With over 5,000 members nationwide and abroad, IEDC offers the economic development profession one source for information and professional development, one voice for the profession and one force for advocacy. For more information on IEDC or the AEDO program, please contact AEDO Program Manager Dana Crater at 910-821-9245 or dcrater@iedconline.org, or visit IEDC’s website at http://www.iedconline.org/AEDO.


GO Topeka creates county-wide economic success for all companies and citizens through implementation of an aggressive economic development strategy that capitalizes on the unique strengths of the community. Visit https://www.gotopeka.com/.


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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Bob Ross at Bob.Ross@TopekaPartnership.com.