The Economic Development Division is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Donald E. Hunter Excellence in Economic Development Planning Award.  The Hunter Award ceremony was held during the Economic Development Division’s Annual Meeting and Reception in New York on Monday, May 8, 2017.



2017 Awards

2017 Award Winner

4Fronted Arizona-Mexico Border Business Case

Sharing a 300-mile border with Mexico, Arizona’s economy is closely linked to, and benefits from, a strong relationship with Mexico. As gateways, Arizona border communities enable the flow of billions of dollars of trade and millions of cross-border traffic each year.

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2017 Award Winner

“Concord: A Better Fit for Business”

In 2015, San Francisco commercial real estate rates had reached all-time highs, surpassing Manhattan as the priciest in the United States. Neighboring communities Oakland and Silicon Valley weren’t far behind due to a surge in demand from the tech sector coupled with limited space. Companies needed options, as both small and emerging companies were most feeling the squeeze.

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Thank you to the members of the Economic Development Division Awards Committee:




About the Donald E. Hunter Excellence in Economic Development Planning Award

The Excellence in Economic Development Award is named for Donald E. Hunter, who passed away in late 2009. He was a long-time and very active member of the American Planning Association, always urging greater attention for economic development planning.  He was President of Hunter Interests Inc., and served as a board member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the International Downtown Association (IDA).