Date: November 11, 2021

Contact: Danielle Casey, AED,,  602-332-8511

Dale Dekker Named Advocate of the Year Award Recipient by AED
Awards Program Recognizes Leadership in Economic Development

Albuquerque, NM – Albuquerque Economic Development, Inc. announced Dale Dekker as the Advocate of the Year Award recipient for the third annual 505 Awards, which recognize organizations and individuals that are making exceptional contributions to economic growth and prosperity in the Albuquerque metro area, resulting in improvements to the region’s overall economic strength.

The Advocate of the Year Award recognizes a business leader who has made a measurable difference in the economic development arena during the past year by investing in projects that have created or will create jobs in the Albuquerque metro area. Individuals nominated for this award were required to work in the private sector.

“Dale Dekker is a proven and trusted leader in the Albuquerque business community and a fierce advocate for economic development,” said Danielle Casey, AED President & CEO. “AED—and the entire Albuquerque community—is grateful for his continued leadership and commitment to growing our area.”

“Growing jobs and opportunities for people to thrive in the Albuquerque Region and our state is what economic development is all about,” said Dale Dekker. “I am most honored to receive the AED 505 recognition as the Economic Development Advocate of the Year.”

Honorees were selected from nominations that took place in the summer. Nominations were open from any source, and to be considered, nominees were required to accept their nominations and provide follow-up documentation of their work.

Dekker, along with the remaining 505 Awards honorees, will be recognized at the inaugural celebration from 6–9pm on December 9 at Hotel Albuquerque. The event, sponsored by True Health New Mexico, will combine AED’s annual business meeting, a year in review presentation, a look ahead to the future, and the 505 Awards celebration.

To attend the 2021 Inaugural Annual Dinner, where honorees will be recognized, or for more information on awards categories, eligibility requirements or judging criteria, visit


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

About The 505 Awards

The Leadership in Economic Development Awards recognizes individuals and organizations that are making exceptional contributions to economic growth and prosperity. 

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