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Economic Development Deal of the Year

Submissions for 2014 are now being accepted. The awards will be announced in January 2015, and the winners will be featured prominently in the January/February 2015 issue of Business Facilities.

Any organization with an economic development mission limited to a defined city, state, or region is invited to submit an entry. Entries from both U.S. locations and locations outside the U.S. are welcome (entries must be presented in English, however).

Each organization may submit up to three Economic Development Deals for consideration (a separate entry fee is required for each submission). An Economic Development Deal is defined for this purpose as any one of the following:

  • A project or effort that resulted in the relocation/expansion of a company to a location served by the entering organization;
  • A project or effort that resulted in the expansion of a company already within the territory served by the entering organization;
  • A project or effort that resulted in the demonstrable retention of a company that would have otherwise left, in whole or in part, the territory served by the entering organization;
  • Any combination of the above.
  • A ‘company’ may be any organization, whether public or private, for-profit or not-for-profit, whose presence creates jobs, increases the tax base, and otherwise stimulates the local economy. To qualify for entry, the company must have announced its final decision to relocate, expand, or stay put no earlier than July 1, 2014.

We will present a Gold, Silver, and Bronze award to the highest, second-highest, and third-highest rated entries, respectively. Business Facilities editors reserve the right to a) divide the entries into categories should we deem it appropriate, based on the number and quality of entries, and b) present no award in any given category or level of award, based on the quality of entries and feedback from the judges.

If you have questions about whether a particular project or effort qualifies for entry into this awards program, please contact the Editor in Chief of Business Facilities at 800-524-0337, ext. 290
(international: +1 732 559-1267), or [email protected].

ENTRY FEE
An entry fee of $50 is required before we submit your entry to our judging panel.
The fee can be paid by check addressed to:
Attn: Lyle Connor
Group C Media, Inc.
44 Apple St., Suite 3
Tinton Falls, NJ 07724, USA

Please note in the memo field ‘Business Facilities 2015 Awards Entry Fee’ — and be sure to include a note indicating which entering organization the payment is coming from if the organization name on the check differs from the organization name given in this entry form.

Credit card payments can be processed by first calling or e-mailing Lyle Connor at 800-524-0337, ext. 203 (international: +1 732-842-7433, ext. 203) or [email protected].

TO ENTER:

  1. Please complete all pages of this entry form and check for errors.
  2. Attach a copy of the entry narrative as detailed in Scoring, Part 2 of this form.
  3. Provide your entry fee either as a check or as credit card information (see above).

2014 Deal Of The Year

  • Entry Contact Information

    First, please tell us who you are and how to reach you.

  • This will appear on the award plaque given to winners.
  • For example, the State of Pennsylvania, the Northeast of England, the city and greater metropolitan area surrounding Indianapolis, etc.
  • as you would want it to appear on an award plaque
  • Scoring, Part 1 – Economic Impact Statistics

    Judges are instructed to heavily weight the Economic Impact numbers you provide us with. We will need you to supply the projected Direct, Indirect, and Induced impact for Output, Employment, and Income. These are standard calculations produced by economic impact modeling (typically using RIMS II, IMPLAN, or REMI modeling systems). Very often the impact is measured at the state level, but these impacts can also be calculated for city, metropolitan, county, regional, or even national levels. (Direct impact refers to the output, wages, or jobs generated by the project itself; Indirect refers to impacts resulting from the first level of economic links to the project, such as spending, wages, and jobs created at suppliers to the project; Induced impact refers to any impact even further distanced from the original project, such as the fact that more dry cleaners may be employed in an area after a new corporate headquarters is built.)

    Direct impacts and indirect impact are necessary to field an entry; however, if you cannot obtain figures for induced impacts, we will still judge your entry. Please note anything out of the ordinary for any of the figures you provide (for example, if your indirect impact includes the induced impact—some organizations have had trouble finding these figures in isolation). You may submit them separately.

    A third party (including experts from universities or accounting firms) may be engaged to assist a location in preparing the Economic Impact statistics for their entries, provided the third party is identified in the submission.

  • Impact Area

    Please tell us the area modeled in the impact estimates you’ll be filling in below (for example, State of New Jersey, City of Nashville, Country of Belgium, etc.) — and also fill in the latest population estimate for this area so we can get a sense of how important these impacts will be.

  • Predicted Economic Impact

    What is the predicted Economic Output impact of this project? (Economic output means the sum total of all economic activities that result from this project within the area modeled).
    Please convert answers to current U.S. dollars.

  • Predicted Employee Impact

    What is the predicted Employment impact of this project?
    (i.e., number of jobs to be created)

  • Predicted Income/Wages Impact

    What is the predicted Income/Wages impact of this project?
    Please convert answers to current U.S. dollars.

  • Scoring, Part 2 – Narrative

    The remainder of your score will be based on a subjective analysis of your economic development efforts by our panel of expert, independent judges. You will need to submit a short (1-5 pages) narrative with your application to complete your entry.

    Rules for the entry narrative

    You must begin the narrative with the title you’ve selected for this entry as entered above, so that we know exactly which entry it corresponds to.

    Judges appreciate narratives that are clear, filled only with relevant information, and back up statements with numbers or facts. Judges will be able to view your impact numbers filled out above.

    You can include graphs, charts, and photographs if you feel they help make your point.

    The narrative should absolutely address the following points: The likely impact the project will have upon the local community. It’s important to show what reasons you have to believe that the impact will be as significant as you state (for example, quotations from an economic impact study performed by a local university, or comparisons to communities that were beneficiaries of a similar project).

    Entries should include detail of the anticipated growth potential inherent in the project, including the development of primary and secondary suppliers and new industry clusters. Please make sure to include a timeline specifying key benchmarks in the project, including groundbreaking, construction and completion dates, and, if applicable, when the new facility is expected to be operating at full capacity.

    The unique challenges this project presented. Was it more difficult to make happen than most projects, and if so, why? Did the project present a challenge unlike others your organization (and partner organizations) had been faced with previously?

    The originality and extraordinary nature of the methods and efforts used by the economic development organizations involved to secure the deal. Be sure to highlight new partnerships formed between organizations, ways that traditional methods of operation were revised, how bureaucracy was dealt with, and incentives and/or grants provided to secure the project and any new or existing programs implemented to facilitate the project, such as workforce training.

    It helps to provide specific examples and details wherever possible. Outside perspectives, such as statements by key executives at the company on the other end of the project, might be helpful as well.

    Avoid overloading your entry narrative with extraneous appendices, but be sure to include enough quantitative detail about jobs, salaries, benefits, incentives, investment, etc. to give our judges a sense of the scale of the project being entered. While larger projects will by their nature have a greater impact economically, they do not necessarily have an advantage over smaller projects. Judges will be looking for projects that tell a convincing story about your location and your innovative efforts to secure the deal.

    Judging

    Entries will be judged by our panel of independent experts from the corporate relocation field, including consultants and real estate executives (a final list of judges won’t be made public until we print the winning entries). Judges with a personal or professional connection to any projects entered will recuse themselves from rating such entries. Your score from each Judge will be from 0-100. We will calculate the average score given by each Judge, and your final score will be the sum of your entry’s distance from the average score of each Judge.

    Judges are permitted to contact representatives listed in the entries and ask them to clarify/explain information presented in their submissions. All submissions are considered final when received by Business Facilities and may not be amended after submission.

    Entries will be judged on (1) the likely impact the project will have upon the local community or region; and (2) the originality and extraordinary nature of the methods and efforts used by the economic development organizations involved (including the entering organization and any others it partnered with) to secure the deal; part of judging the second factor will be an evaluation of the adversity that had to be overcome and how it was handled. Judges will be instructed to take special note of any factors or outcomes that exceed normal expectations, such as (but not limited to) the speed with which red tape was cut to make the project happen; overcoming what seemed to be long odds going into a project; and other measures out of the ordinary, such as passing new laws to ensure the outcome of the project. Judges will also take note of, in the case of projects that have been signed but which are not yet complete or operational, how likely it is that the company will carry through on its job creation and investment projections and commitments.

    Thank you, and good luck!

    The Editors of Business Facilities

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