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Phoenix Economic Development Department and Director Win EDDE AwardsPhoenix Economic Development Department and Director Win EDDE Awards<div class="ExternalClass3A8E2590E1C34D70B706EE948F3575B7"><p>​The City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department and its director, Christine Mackay, have both been named winners of the Arizona Association for Economic Development's (AAED) Economic Development Distinguished by Excellence (EDDE) awards. </p><p>The city's community and economic development department was named AAED Large Organization of the Year and Mackay was named AAED Economic Developer of the Year – Large Community.   </p><p>"This is a well-deserved honor as Christine Mackay is a relentless and effective advocate for Phoenix with a work ethic that is second to none," said Mayor Greg Stanton. "She and her team work tirelessly to attract, retain and expand businesses that create jobs to strengthen our community."</p><p>The city was also recognized for its role on the 2015 Arizona Super Bowl Team, which received an AAED Best of Arizona Award.</p><p>The prestigious EDDE awards honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the advancement of the organization and also to the economic growth within the state of Arizona.  Recipients are selected from a pool of nominations made by members of AAED. </p><p>Mackay led her team to some major economic development successes in 2015, including:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Creation of 9,443 new jobs;</li><li>Capital investments of $1 billion;</li><li>Conducting 521 business outreach visits; and</li><li>Assisting 20,565 job-seekers.</li><li>Some other significant accomplishments were:</li><li>Completion of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus parking garage;</li><li>Commencement of the University of Arizona's $136 million Biosciences Partnership Building;</li><li>Completion of the $100 million University of Arizona Dignity Health Cancer Center;</li><li>Commencement of the $54 million Portland on the Park high rise- condominium project;</li></ul><p>Phoenix's Deputy City Manager, Paul Blue, said "While these are remarkable accomplishments on their own, I am just as proud of the team's dedication to continually improve our community.  They are ready to volunteer when called upon and contribute to schools, community boards and other organizations."</p><p>For more information about the City of Phoenix Community & Economic Development Department and its services, visit phoenix.gov/econdev.</p></div>5/13/2016 7:00:00 AMCynthia Weaver602-568-8126