Christian Saublens receives 2014 IEDC's Chairman’s Award for Lifetime Achievement
CHRISTIAN SAUBLENS acknowledged with special economic development designation
Acknowledged for Serving as a Source of Inspiration in the Advancement of Economic Development
Christian Saublens, Executive Manager of the European Association of Development Agencies, was awarded the 2014 Chairman’s Award for Lifetime Achievement by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), for a lasting commitment to the field of economic development. The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 21 during the IEDC Annual Conference, October 19-22 in Fort Worth, Texas.
"The Chairman’s Award is given by IEDC to an active or former member who is progressing the profession of economic development as a teacher or has motivated others in many communities," said William C. Sproull, IEDC chair. "Mr. Saublens has been dedicated to our industry and has, indisputably, earned this distinction."
Each year, the IEDC Chairman of the Board chooses a special individual to receive the Chairman’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in Economic Development. The award honors an individual who has been an influential leader in the field and within the International Economic Development Council.
Christian Saublens has faithfully served as the Executive Manager of the European Association of Development Agencies (known as EURADA) for over 20 years. He founded the agency in 1992 upon the realization that European regional development agencies lacked a hub for assistance and networking. EURADA is a membership organization similar to IEDC, serving as the voice for European regional development agencies, and is based in Brussels, Belgium.
IEDC and EURADA have been collaborating for over 15 years, and Christian has always been a valuable partner to the organization, consistently providing IEDC with essential information and a European perspective on key economic development initiatives. Going back to the mid-1990s, IEDC (then CUED), EDAC (of Canada), EURADA, and a few other national agencies, formed INED – the International Network of Economic Developers – in order to have a formal network for international collaboration. Throughout the years, Christian has continuously strived to widen the international network for economic development and foster international exchange and cooperation among practitioners.
A thought leader in the field and a true innovator, IEDC is grateful to Christian for his support and friendship. His dedication to international cooperation and partnership has made a lasting mark on IEDC and the profession as a whole. For these reasons, the International Economic Development Council is honored to present the 2014 Chairman's Award for Lifetime Achievement in Economic Development to Christian Saublens. About the International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,400 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. www.iedconline.org.