For Immediate Release

Date: October 18, 2021

Contact: Danielle Casey,

International Economic Development Council Elects New Vice Chair of the External Member Relations Committee

Danielle Casey, CEcD, EDFP to Begin Serving Tenure as Vice Chair of the External Member Relations Committee in January.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Nominating Committee of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has elected Danielle Casey, CEcD, EDFP, President of Albuquerque Economic Development, Inc., to serve as Vice Chair of the External Member Relations Committee of the IEDC Board of Directors. The process took place during the annual board meeting on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at IEDC’s 2021 Annual Conference in Nashville, TN. The upcoming term begins on January 1, 2022.

“We look forward to Casey’s leadership as Vice Chair of the External Member Relations Committee,” said 2021 IEDC Board Chair and President and CEO of Invest Buffalo Niagara, Tom Kucharski. “Their new leadership role will ensure great accomplishments in 2022 and beyond.”

“We are very pleased with the credentials and commitment to economic development of our new board. They will help lead the International Economic Development Council to the future of this profession.” added IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle.

“It is a tremendous honor to be selected to serve in this capacity for IEDC which has proven invaluable to me during my career as a professional development resource. As the largest membership organization for economic developers in the world, IEDC’s over 5,000 members constitute the full range of the economic development profession and I am proud to have this opportunity to represent them.” commented President Casey.

The External and Member Relations Committee is responsible for clarifying IEDC’s desired public image in the eyes of key stakeholders and for overseeing the formulation of strategies to promote IEDC’s image. It is also responsible for recommending policy positions in the governmental relations and legislative arena.

Commented AED Board Chair Joe Farr, “This is a great example of the level of national leadership in economic development that Danielle brings to the table for AED, as well as the increased visibility of the greater Albuquerque region that her service delivers.”

Ms. Casey is celebrating her one-year anniversary as President and CEO of AED this month, having been selected for the role following a competitive national search. She brings extensive and diverse experience in leadership, public administration, marketing, business development and retention, and strategic planning to the organization and since her arrival has already accomplished significant next steps for the organization such as the creation of a five-year Strategic Plan for economic growth and recovery. Previously, she served as the Executive Vice President for the Greater Sacramento Economic Council but got her start in Arizona serving in the City of Maricopa as its first economic development director and assistant city manager, and later as Economic Development Director for the City of Scottsdale. She is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and a certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) and has served on the Board of the International Economic Development Council since 2017.

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.

About AED

AED is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to recruit business and industry, help local companies grow and generate quality job opportunities throughout the Albuquerque metro area. AED provides confidential assistance to businesses considering the area for expansion and new investment. Since its creation in 1960, AED has recruited more than 250 companies and more than 35,000 jobs to the Albuquerque metro area. AED also provides retention and expansion assistance to existing industry. For more information about AED, visit


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