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Hanover County Economic Development Receives 2023 IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Gold Award

The Hanover County Department of Economic Development received a 2023 Excellence in Economic Development Gold Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) which was announced at the IEDC 2023 Annual Conference during the inaugural Recognition Night event in Dallas, Texas on September 19, 2023.  The award was bestowed specifically for the organization’s work in the Digital Media category (population between 25,000 – 200,000) to assist more than 4,500 Hanover businesses with a county population of 113,000± citizens.

“Hanover County, Virginia has raised the bar for excellence in economic development with its Hiring In Hanover, VA App.  This award is a testament to Hanover County Economic Development’s dedication to its residents and businesses and serves as a great example of how economic development can help a community for the better,” said Nathan Ohle, IEDC President and CEO.  “It is IEDC’s honor and privilege to present Hanover County Economic Development with this award and recognize its leadership and innovation in the field of economic development!”

Every year IEDC looks specifically for economic development organizations, government entities, initiatives, and programs that have demonstrated consistent, exemplary performance in the economic development profession, leading the execution of projects that have a significant impact on revitalizing communities, and playing a major role in shaping and improving the practice of economic development.

Pictured L-R: Angela Wright, Marketing Manager; Brandon Turner, Director; Ann Glave, Existing Business & Project Manager

“As businesses and citizens pivoted to adjust to new employment and recruitment conditions created by the pandemic, our department’s outreach efforts quickly uncovered the need for a local job board to assist our local businesses and job seekers.  Hanover County Economic Development created the Hiring in Hanover, VA App in July 2020 to meet this need.  The app’s use has continued to grow and is marketed to citizens and Hanover-based businesses by our department as well as the Hanover County Chamber of Commerce, and it is also offered as a hiring tool during regional and county school jobs fairs,” said Brandon S. Turner, Director of Hanover County Economic Development.  “We are honored to have received this prestigious recognition by the International Economic Development Council.”

About Hanover County Economic Development

As a publicly funded entity to promote economic development, the Hanover County Economic Development’s primary mission is to increase the county’s tax base and create new jobs for its citizens.  This mission is best accomplished by providing services to companies that are considering a location in the County and assistance to its existing businesses. Numerous programs, information sources and databases have been developed to provide important information to Hanover’s established business base, the corporate community and the consultants that represent them.  Learn more at

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers.  With more than 4,300 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities by creating, retaining, and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth, and provide a stable tax base.  From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members engage in the full range of economic development practices.  Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in various settings, including local, state, provincial, and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities, and a variety of other institutions.  When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.  Learn more at