The Community Development Foundation has been named one of the top ten economic development groups in the United States for 2008, by Site Selection magazine. “We are thrilled over this exciting news for our community,” said Chris Rogers, 2009-2010 CDF Chairman. “CDF’s accomplishments are made possible by the invaluable partnerships that exist between our city and county public officials, as well as the Tennessee Valley Authority, Mississippi Development Authority, Itawamba Community College, and Three Rivers Planning & Development District. As CDF begins its 61st year of service to Tupelo/Lee County, we will continue to work with our partners to foster economic development in our community.” Site Selection magazine first ranked local economic development groups according to four objective categories: new jobs, new jobs per 10,000 residents, new investment amount, and new investment per 10,000 residents. The groups were then scrutinized for more subjective attributes including innovation, leadership, and customer service. “The Lee County Board of Supervisors is proud to serve as a partner with CDF to help bring jobs to the people of Lee County,” said Tommie Lee Ivy, President of the Lee County Board of Supervisors. “CDF has proven itself through 60 years of success in the realm of economic development, and we congratulate them on this distinct honor.” In evaluating the top economic development projects of 2008, the editors of Site Selection evaluated the total capital investment, number of jobs created, regional economic impact, value of jobs created, creativity of the deal, role of incentives in the deal, competition for the project to locate elsewhere, and speed to the market.Site Selection is published by Conway Data, Inc., and delivers expansion planning information to over 44,000 site selection executives. It is the official publication of the Industrial Asset Management Council and is a highly-recognized publication that allows this recognition to receive world-wide exposure, thereby enhancing economic development marketing efforts in the area. CDF is a nonprofit membership organization composed of civic, business, and professional leaders representing the Tupelo-Lee County region. The Foundation’s basic objective is to strengthen the region through economic and community development projects with emphasis on creating new and better jobs. CDF has been selected five times as one of the top ten industrial development agencies in the nation by the Atlanta Industrial Development Council and Site Selection magazine, a leading trade magazine for industrial consultants. CDF’s job recruitment endeavors have resulted in Lee County becoming a manufacturing center for the State of Mississippi.