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Development Counsellors International Announces Julie Curtin Elected to the International Economic Development Council Board of Directors

NEW YORK (December 10, 2019) – Development Counsellors International (DCI), the world’s foremost economic development and tourism marketing agency, today announced Julie Curtin, president of the agency’s economic development practice, was recently elected to the board of directors of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Curtin will serve in this position starting January 1, 2020.

IEDC is a professional group dedicated to elevating the profile and importance of the economic development industry. With more than 5,000 members from communities around the world, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Curtin has been a member of IEDC for more than a decade and has served in numerous roles for the organization, including on the Membership Committee, as an expert facilitator for the organization’s Marketing and Attraction workshop, and as an industry advisor on the inaugural launch of IEDC’s Young Professionals programming.

“We look forward to Julie’s leadership as a member on the Board of Directors. Her joining the board will ensure great accomplishments in 2020 and beyond,” said Jeffrey Finkle, CEcD, President and CEO of IEDC.

An economic development marketing expert with more than 25 years of experience, Julie has spearheaded strategic campaigns for dozens of economic development organizations around the globe, helping them position their communities for investment through integrated and creative marketing programs.  She is a frequent speaker on economic development topics including talent attraction, branding, digital marketing, and place making.

“Julie’s approach to building effective economic development campaigns starts with an incredibly strategic mind. Her keen understanding of how to advance reputation and her enthusiasm to generate unique, impactful results is unparalleled in this industry. DCI is proud of her new position, and I’m confident that Julie’s role on the board will advance the work and the results for this important industry association,” said Andy Levine, chairman of DCI.

Since joining DCI in 1994, Curtin opened the Denver office as part of a strategic agency growth plan; founded and launched The DCI Marketing Summit, the only peer-led annual gathering of senior-level economic development marketing minds in the country; and has overseen DCI’s advancement into developing and launching digital marketing services to support investment and visitor attraction for destinations around the globe.

Julie graduated with a B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. She is based in DCI’s Denver, Colorado, office where she lives with her husband and four children.

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About DCI

Established in New York City in 1960, DCI is considered the world’s foremost economic development and tourism marketing agency. DCI has worked for more than 450 cities, counties, regions, states and countries – from thriving metropolitan regions to rural areas striving to compete – and understands the challenges and opportunities that economic development and destination marketing organizations face. DCI’s service offerings include earned media, digital influencer marketing, website design, content development, social media, travel trade distribution marketing, meeting and incentive sales, lead generation, site selection consultant relationship building, talent attraction and place branding. DCI also is known for its industry-leading place marketing research and thought leadership.

Ranked a Top 20 Global PR Firm by PR Week and one of Outside Magazine’s “Best Places to Work,” DCI employs more than 60 of the best and brightest in place marketing. DCI is headquartered in Union Square in New York City, with offices in Denver, Los Angeles and Toronto. For more:

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 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 are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. IEDC’s members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions.


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Andy Levine

Andy Levine is Chairman of DCI. Since joining DCI in 1991, he has worked with a broad range of places from “A” (Alabama, Asheville, Australia) to “W” (Wales, Wichita Falls, Wyoming).

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