New Awards for 2021 Annual Conference

 

Let the competition begin! The Site Selectors Guild is excited to launch a brand-new awards program for
the 2021 Annual Conference. For the first time, we’re giving economic development organizations and
their partners and communities the opportunity to submit for the Guild awards.

This year we are launching two new categories:

1. Projects with a Purpose – recognizing projects that go above and beyond job creation to
address social and/or environmental issues within a community
2. Community Innovation: Building a Better Business Climate – recognizing a unique initiative,
public policy program or legislative action that was successfully implemented in support of
economic development and building a healthier environment for business

A panel of Guild members will select winners based on Guild-developed criteria. Winners will receive
complimentary registration for the Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, June 10-12, 2021 and be
recognized at the conference.

DEADLINE: MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2021

*extended from February 12

The submission form, details on the categories and an FAQ are included below. For additional questions, please contact Ashley
Hayden at [email protected]


Award Categories

Projects with a Purpose

Overview:

This award honors individuals or organizations (including but not limited to EDOs/IPAs, non-
profits, corporations and utilities) who/which have successfully implemented location selection projects
that go above and beyond job creation to address social and/or environmental issues within a
community. Recipients are helping to tackle the most challenging problems by reducing inequality or
promoting a healthier environment.

Requirements:

● There must be some elements of a traditional site selection project, i.e., job creation or
retention, new investment, and competing locations for the project to qualify. (In other words, a
company that decides to start recycling at an existing facility would not be eligible.)
● The project must have been completed or substantially completed within the last 18 months
(between July 1, 2019 – December 31, 2020).

Examples:

While the awards are in no way limited to the examples below, we’ve listed some of the
types of projects that could qualify for inspiration:

● Company that chooses to clean up a brownfield and not only relocates there but also builds a
park on the property.
● EDO proactively assembles a site and incentive package in an economically disadvantaged area
and, as a result, lands a major job creation project.
● Company locates in a depressed area that does not currently offer the labor skill sets the
company needs, but the company will be teaming with the local technical schools to provide a
pipeline of talent for the company and job opportunities for local residents.
● Manufacturing company plans and builds a new operation that achieves carbon neutral status
through innovative partnerships with local utilities.
● Company uses traditional criteria to choose its location but then works closely with local
workforce groups to heavily leverage veterans’ placement offices, apprenticeship programs for
disadvantaged youths, and second chance candidates to staff its new facility.

Community Innovation: Building a Better Business Climate

Overview:

This award recognizes a unique initiative, public policy program or legislative action that was
created and successfully implemented in support of economic development and building a healthier
environment for business on a local, state/province or national level. The award is open to individuals
and/or organizations, including but not limited to EDOs/IPAs, non-profits, utilities, public officials or
private sector leaders.

Requirements:

● The initiative must be truly innovative, a first of its kind or a unique way to support economic
development. Simply passing a new incentive program or lowering taxes does not qualify unless
truly innovative.
● The new initiative, public policy program or legislative action must have been implemented
within the last 18 months (between July 1, 2019 – December 31, 2020).

Examples:

While the awards are in no way limited to the examples below, we’ve listed some of the
types of initiatives/actions that could qualify for inspiration:

● County Council passes resolution enabling/requiring high school to fully integrate curriculum
with tech school.
● Community creates a learning institution for skills set development, e.g. a vocational high school; a community college.
● Neighboring communities pool incentive resources in support of a potential project, with both
communities pledging to deliver incentives regardless of which of the two communities is
chosen, just to keep it in the region.
● EDO or nonprofit launches a unique talent attraction program – providing innovative incentives
or programs to attract a certain skill set or type of individual to fill a talent gap.

FAQ

Can I submit for more than one award, or submit more than one entry for the same category?
Yes, as long as you meet the requirements outlined in the award descriptions above.

Can a person/organization self-nominate?
Absolutely! A nominee can either self-nominate (and we encourage this!) or be nominated by a third
party.

Is there a cost to submit?
No

If my project or initiative doesn’t fit within the examples listed, can I still submit?
Yes, and we highly encourage it. The examples listed are simply meant to help generate ideas.

When is the nomination deadline?
Nominations must be filled in completely and submitted by midnight on Friday, February 12, 2021.

When will winners be notified?
Winners will be notified in early April 2021.

How many winners will be chosen?
One winner will be chosen per category.

When will the 2021 winners be officially announced?
We will officially announce and recognize winners during the Guild’s Annual Conference in Orlando,
Florida June 10-12, 2021.

Will the Guild’s two new awards – Projects with a Purpose and Community innovation: Building a Better Business Climate – become annual awards?
Yes, while this is the first year we’ve launched these awards, we plan to make them annual moving forward.

Who selects the winners?
A selection committee of Site Selectors Guild members will select the winners.

How are the winners chosen?
After we receive the nominations, the selection committee will independently review and rank each
contender. We will compile all rankings and use an averaging system to determine the winner.

What is required of those who are selected?
Winners are required to send us a logo to use for marketing purposes. In addition, we’d love for the
winners to attend Annual Conference, in Orlando, Florida June 10-12, 2021 (complimentary), to be
recognized there.

What does complimentary registration to Annual Conference for winners include?
Award recipients will have the Annual Conference registration fee waived but will remain responsible for
all additional conference attendance expenses including, but not limited to, travel, accommodations,
and any pre-conference activities. Each recipient will be responsible for making his/her own travel
arrangements. This year’s Guild Awards fee waiver applies only to the 2021 Guild Annual Conference to
be held in Orlando, Florida June 10-12, 2021 and is not transferable nor can it be applied towards a
future conference or other Guild event.

 

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