COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va – Virginia’s Gateway Region Economic Development Organization (VGR) received an Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in recognition of VGR’s new website, www.gatewayregion.com.
The IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and influential leaders. Thirty-four recipients are recognized annually for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban and rural communities around the world.
“This award is a testament to VGR’s high-quality team, who designed and wrote all content for the website entirely in-house,” said VGR President & CEO Keith Boswell. “Our local partners often remark on the usability and value of gatewayregion.com and I am thrilled that the IEDC also recognizes the team’s hard work to create and maintain this best-in-class marketing tool.”
Launched in December 2017, www.gatewayregion.com provides corporate and community leaders worldwide with easy-to-find information on the Gateway Region. The website serves as a one-stop shop for everything Gateway and caters to all users, from international executives seeking customized workforce data, to local families planning day trips across the Commonwealth. Divided into four main categories (Locate, Start, Expand, and Live & Explore), www.gatewayregion.com houses all of the vital information needed to establish a new location for your business, start your own business, expand your existing local business, and spend your time after-hours in the Gateway Region.
The website’s cross-platform functionality and automated international translation capabilities provide a user-friendly experience on all devices, globally. Richmond-based The Hatchery developed the website.
“This year our judges reviewed some extraordinary projects that advanced both communities and businesses,” said Craig Richard, 2018 IEDC Board Chair. “We congratulate all the award winners, and thank everyone who nominated their projects for sharing their success with fellow IEDC members. What we learn from each other helps us to grow and advance as a profession.”
Virginia’s Gateway Region exists to enhance the economic development opportunities for the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg, and the counties of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Prince George, Surry and Sussex. Virginia’s Gateway Region is a private, nonprofit organization that is publicly and privately funded to facilitate new business opportunities, work with existing businesses, advance resources that will enhance the economic viability of the region and foster regional cooperation among the public and private entities that are involved in economic development activities.