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featuring the 505 Awards: Leadership in Economic Development

Please join us for this inaugural celebration which will combine AED’s annual business meeting, a year in review presentation and highlights of what is on the horizon, as well as the 505 Awards celebration. This is a not-to-miss event bringing all AED supporters together for its new signature program.

Thursday, December 9, 2021
6 – 9 p.m.*
Hotel Albuquerque
*For members, the Annual Business Meeting
will be held from 5 – 6 p.m.
Business or cocktail attire is requested.


the 505 Awards: Leadership in Economic Development

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


Community Leadership Award

This award recognizes an organization that has made significant contributions toward advancing and strengthening the community’s economy.

Small Business Champion Award

This award recognizes a small business (100 employees or less) that is creating an environment focusing on collaboration, innovation and hard work, consistently demonstrating a commitment to its employees, clients and Albuquerque.

Excellence in Workforce Development Award

This award recognizes an organization that has played a leading role in workforce readiness, including the implementation of training and educational programs, the sponsorship of scholarship or grant programs, the creation of internship or mentorship programs, or other efforts to develop long-term job skills and career pathways for the region’s workforce.


Advocate of the Year Award

This award recognizes a business leader who has made a measurable difference in the economic development arena during the past year by investing in a project(s) that have created or will create jobs in the Albuquerque metropolitan area.

Public Service Leadership Award

This award recognizes a current or former public official or public employee who has served as a committed supporter of economic development efforts over a period of at least three years.

Rising Star Award

This award recognizes an emerging leader who is contributing to economic development programs, projects and activities in a significant manner that leads to increased investment in the community and job creation.