Site Selectors Guild Announces Two 2024 Award Winners

Site Selectors Guild Announces Two 2024 Award Winners

Greater Richmond (VA) Partnership, Jefferson County (IL) Development Corporation Receive Honors for Economic Development Initiatives
April 4, 2024

The Site Selectors Guild, the only association of the world’s foremost professional site selection consultants, announced the winners of its two award categories for exemplary economic development initiatives. The awards program, now in its fourth year, recognized the winners today during the Guild’s Annual Conference, the world’s largest gathering of professional site selection consultants, in Nashville, TN, USA.

The two 2024 award winners are:

“Jefferson County Development Corporation and the Greater Richmond Partnership have strategized and executed impressive projects and initiatives that will have a long-lasting impact on their communities and serve as a model for other communities,” said Larry Gigerich, Site Selectors Guild board chair and executive managing director at Ginovus. “Congratulations to both organizations for their exemplary leadership, strategy and creativity to advance economic development.”

The Projects with a Purpose award honors individuals or organizations that have successfully implemented location selection projects that go 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.

The Community Innovation: Building a Better Business Climate award recognizes a unique initiative, public policy program or legislative action that was created and successfully implemented to support economic development and build a healthier environment for business on a local, state/province or national level.

Details on the winning economic development initiatives follow.

  • Projects with a Purpose
    Jefferson County Development Corporation led the attraction of Manner Polymers to Mount Vernon, IL, USA, where the company established the world’s sole polymer manufacturing facility powered by renewable energy. The company’s investment in solar solutions allowed for its transition to renewable energy while maintaining cost-effectiveness, ultimately setting a precedent for sustainable business practices in the region as well as a global industry benchmark for sustainable manufacturing practices.
  • Community Innovation – Building a Better Business Climate
    The Greater Richmond Partnership is part of a community consortium leading the charge on the region’s Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (APM) cluster, which aims to reshore manufacturing and ultimately bring more affordable medications to Americans. The effort has secured more than $100 million in federal, state, local and private funding, landed a $27.8 million laboratory testing facility and earned designation by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration as one of the nation’s 31 Tech Hubs to drive regional innovation and job creation.

Learn more about the Guild Awards program at

About the Site Selectors Guild

The Site Selectors Guild is the only association of the world’s foremost professional site selection consultants. Guild members provide location strategy to corporations across the globe and for every industry, sector, and function. Founded in 2010, the Site Selectors Guild is dedicated to advancing the profession of international corporate site selection by promoting integrity, objectivity, and professional development. Members are peer-nominated, vetted, and must demonstrate significant professional location advisory experience. In 2023, Guild members facilitated the committed or announced creation of approximately 107,000 jobs and $101 billion in capital investment by corporate clients, which required location analysis across 74 countries. Guild membership is the highest standard in the site selection industry. For more information, visit or follow Site Selectors Guild on LinkedIn.

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