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Press Release

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces Ohio Organization as Excellence in Economic Development Award Recipient

JumpStart, Inc. of Cleveland, Ohio Wins Award for Urban or Suburban Economic Development Efforts

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced that JumpStart, Inc., of Cleveland, Ohio, received the 2009 Excellence in Economic Development Award for Excellence in Urban or Suburban Economic Development for their commitment to research-based, market driven economic development in helping grow the local economy.

"JumpStart, Inc. represents the best and brightest in 21st century economic development," Locke said. "Excellence Award winners exemplify the importance of supporting regional strategies to ensure American communities succeed in the global marketplace and create higher-skill, higher-wage jobs."

"It's great to see JumpStart being recognized for their innovative approach to creating a more prosperous future for early-stage businesses in our part of Ohio by receiving the well deserved Excellence in Urban or Suburban Economic Development Award," Congressman John Boccieri said. "By assisting community entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into operating businesses and those businesses into successful ventures, JumpStart is significantly helping to rebuild the economy of Northeast Ohio. Its special commitment to the growth potential of women and minority entrepreneurs is particularly commendable. This company is truly helping to put Northeast Ohio back to work and puts our communities and entrepreneurs on the path to prosperity."

Nominations are made annually in different categories and are evaluated by a Selection Panel appointed by the Assistant Commerce Secretary for Economic Development.

This year's categories were:

  • Excellence in Urban or Suburban Economic Development

  • Excellence in Rural Economic Development

  • Excellence in Environmental or Energy Economic Development

  • Excellence in University-led Economic Development

  • Excellence in Economic Diversification Strategies

  • Excellence in Community and Faith-based Social Entrepreneurship

  • Excellence in Historic Preservation-led Strategies.

  • EDA is an agency within the U.S. Commerce Department and supports the economic development needs of distressed communities throughout the United States. Its mission is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness and preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy.

Additional information on how EDA investments are helping distressed communities create a positive and sustainable economic future can be accessed at: http://www.eda.gov.