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Anna EDC projects earn international awards

Staff reports
Joey Grisham

The International Economic Development Council recently recognized two Anna Economic Development Council (EDC) projects during its annual awards ceremony.  The “Opportunity Anna TX” website earned a silver award while the “Anna Business Park” video took home the bronze. 

“We are honored to be recognized for these prestigious awards and appreciate everyone who was involved in making them happen,” Director of Economic Development Joey Grisham said. “Anna is creating something very special and our job at the EDC is to make sure we communicate what we offer to the world.”  

The excellence in Economic Development Awards recognizes economic development programs and partnerships across the world. Organizations and individuals are honored for their work to create positive change in urban, suburban and rural communities. A diverse panel of international economic and community developers judge the awards. The “Opportunity Anny, TX” website was created to showcase a forward-thinking and development-friendly attitude shared by the city, the EDC and the Anna Community Development Corporations. The EDC staff worked with an outside web design team to create an easy-to-use and mobile-friendly design that combined data with creativity and local photography.

Anna is now the sixth-fasted growing city in North Texas. The information on the site will help those considering coming to the city learn where to invest and live as well as where to buy, sell, work, learn and play. The site’s real-time demographic, permit and financial information is intended to help both current and future residents as well as businesses.  

The “Anna Business Park” video showcases the 85-acre Anna Business Park property that is currently for sale by the EDC. It also highlights the city’s stated goal of having a development and business-friendly political climate.

The video premiered at the most recent North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors Expo.