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Date: 6/01/2020

Blount Partnership Reaccredited by the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) announced that the Blount Partnership has once again been recognized as one of 67 economic development organizations accredited by IEDC as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO). Originally accredited in 2017, the Blount Partnership was reaccredited by IEDC following three successful years of activity as an AEDO member.


“We are extremely honored to receive this reaccreditation,” said Blount Partnership President/CEO Bryan Daniels. “The standards are high, and the results show the outstanding work our staff, along with officials from Blount County and the cities of Alcoa and Maryville, has done to keep this area at the forefront for business expansion and growth.”


The AEDO program is a comprehensive peer review process that measures economic development organizations against commonly held standards in the profession. The program consists of two phases: a documentation review and an onsite visit. Each phase is designed to evaluate information about the structure, organization, funding, program, and staff of the candidate economic development organization.


Earning the AEDO accreditation tells the community and prospects that the Blount Partnership attained a measure of excellence assuring that their trust is well placed, and their business is in good hands.


“The Blount Partnership displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving of this honor,” said IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle.


Maintenance of the AEDO status is required every three years and is accomplished through documentation submission and/or onsite visits by a team of the AEDO subcommittee.


The International Economic Development Council is the largest membership association serving economic and community development professionals in the world. With over 5,000 members nationwide and abroad, IEDC offers the economic development profession one source for information and professional development, one voice for the profession and one force for advocacy.


For more information on IEDC or the AEDO program, please contact AEDO Program Manager Dana Crater at 910-833-7020 or, or visit IEDC’s website at