DCI 40 Under 40
2021 Economic Development 40 Under 40 Awards
40 Under 40 is a biennial awards program recognizing the top “rising stars” under 40 years old in the economic development industry. DCI is proud to partner with Jorgenson Consulting, a leading national executive search firm, to find the most innovative, impactful young economic developers around the globe.
Our selection committee of six will independently review and rank nominees to determine the top 40 individuals whose leadership, dedication and innovation have had a significant impact on their organizations, communities and the economic development industry itself. The 2019 40 Under 40 Awards received a record number of highly qualified nominees.
Nominations are due October 30, 2020. Winners will be announced and recognized during the International Economic Development Council’s Leadership Summit in January 2021.
Nominate A Rising Star for the Econ Dev 40 Under 40 Awards
Nominate an economic developer under the age of 40 who shows creativity, innovation and passion in their work. You know what makes them awesome, and we want to know too!
Executive Vice President, Greater Sacramento Economic Council
Project Director, Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company
Executive Director, Economic Development & Tourism
President, Garner Economics
Director of Economic Development, City of Grand Rapids
President and CEO, Tampa Bay Economic Development Council
Frequently Asked Questions
Candidates must be under the age of 40 as of January 1, 2021.
Of course! As long as they are still under the age of 40 as of January 1, 2021.
Nominations must be filled in completely and submitted by midnight October 30, 2020.
Absolutely! A nominee can either self-nominate (and we encourage this!) or be nominated by a third party.
Fill out and submit the nomination form by October 30, 2020.
We’re looking for young leaders who have raised the bar in economic development: those who have brought innovation, creativity, high standards, strong character and a track record of success to their community and the profession. Candidates must be under the age of 40 as of January 1, 2021. For this particular award, service providers to the economic development industry are not eligible.
No. Judges will not know who nominated who, they will just see the name of the nominee.
No, however, the nominee must hold a career within the economic development industry.
Having this accreditation may give the nominee a boost, but it’s completely up to each judge on how they’ll rate or grade each entry.
Email the name and contact information directly to Nick Reshan at [email protected]. We’ll be sure to follow up with each person directly letting them know that someone thought they would be a good fit for the award.
Winners, and all others who submitted an application, will be notified of the status of their nomination in early December 2020.
DCI will officially announce and recognize winners during the International Economic Development Council’s Leadership Summit in January 2021.
No. We release the award every two years. After the 2021 awards, the next round of nominations will open for our 2023 class in late summer 2022.
Our selection committee represents a broad mix of representatives from the economic development industry including recruiters, economic developers and site selectors. For more information on the individuals on the 2021 panel, visit the Selection Committee tab.
After we receive the nominations, the selection committee will independently review and rank each nominee. We will compile all rankings and use an averaging system to determine the top 40.
Candidates who are selected are required to send us a photo to include on the website, as well as complete a quick questionnaire. In addition, we’d love them to attend a special recognition dinner during IEDC’s Leadership Summit in Phoenix in January 2021 should the event take place in person.