The Community Development Foundation (CDF) has been named one of the Top 20 Micropolitan Economic Development Groups for 2014, by Site Selection magazine. Site Selection names its Top US Economic Development Groups as part of the magazine’s annual Best to Invest rankings.
“This recognition stems from the great partnerships that exist between our city and county officials, as well as the Tennessee Valley Authority, Mississippi Development Authority, and Itawamba Community College,” said CDF Chairman Lisa Hawkins. “I am confident that Tupelo and Lee County will continue to succeed as we work with our partners to foster economic development in our community.”
Local economic development groups were ranked according to categories such as: new jobs, new jobs per 10,000 residents, new investment amount and new investment per 10,000 residents. Additional criteria included the creativity of economic development strategy; scope of project activity; and documenting link between the economic development organization and actual results.
“As CDF ends its 66th year of service to Tupelo/Lee County, we congratulate them on this distinct honor,” said Tommie Lee Ivy, Lee County Board of Supervisors President. “The Lee County Board of Supervisors is proud to serve as a partner with CDF, creating more and better jobs in Lee County.”
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Founded in 1948, CDF is the exclusive agency charged with providing chamber of commerce, economic development, and planning and property management services for Tupelo/Lee County, Mississippi. The Community Development Foundation is a non-profit membership organization composed of civic, business, and professional leaders representing the region. CDF has been selected seven times as one of the top 10 industrial development agencies in the nation by Site Selection magazine, a leading trade magazine for industrial development consultants.