JEDCO is an award-winning, internationally accredited economic development organization with a long history of driving economic progress in Jefferson Parish. The organization creates jobs, investment, and opportunities in Jefferson Parish through business attraction, retention, and expansion while also focusing on workforce development and quality of life. JEDCO recently achieved reaccreditation through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), joining a list of only 71 Accredited Economic Development Organizations (AEDO) in North America. The organization has been accredited since 2008, making it the longest continuously accredited AEDO in Louisiana. JEDCO’s comprehensive economic development methodology has set the organization apart as an innovator and leader in the industry.
“This prestigious designation lends credibility to our operations, initiatives, and activities,” says JEDCO President & CEO Jerry Bologna. “Being AEDO certified allows us to promote ourselves as a best-practices agency and provides our clients with the next level of trust. All of this sets JEDCO apart and makes our community more competitive. We are grateful to maintain this prestigious recognition as the longest-running AEDO in Louisiana. It is a testament to the vision, passion, and innovation driven by the JEDCO team every single day.”
In addition to receiving reaccreditation late last year, JEDCO also won several Excellence in Economic Development Awards from IEDC. JEDCO collected the Neighborhood Development Award for the Terrytown Model Home and Neighborhood Revitalization Project, which helped to develop desirable housing that can attract and retain residents. The JEDgrow Fund earned an Innovative Finance Project Award for combining several lending sources into one easy-to-understand and easy-to-market loan program. IEDC also honored JEDCO for its Economic Development Week Campaign, which included an open-house event at Churchill Park, grand opening of the JEDCO Finance Center, and Small Business Walks in all five council districts.