City of Avondale Economic Development Director Ken Chapa accepts an EDDE Award on behalf of his staff.

     TUCSON, Ariz. (May 2, 2023) – The City of Avondale was named the 2023 Economic Development Organization of the Year for a Medium Community at the Arizona Association for Economic Development’s (AAED) annual Economic Development Distinguished by Excellence (EDDE) Awards at the spring conference in Tucson last week.

The EDDE Awards honor the best economic development practices for individuals, organizations, and companies that have significantly contributed to the advancement of economic growth in the state. Recipients are selected from a pool of nominations made by members of AAED.

The award for Economic Development Organization of the Year for a Medium Community recognizes service and dedication to AAED as an organization representing a population of between 50,000 and 100,000 people.

The City of Avondale was lauded as one of AAED’s top most-involved partners, committed to supporting and advancing its mission in Arizona. The community’s staff supports the delivery of programming, activities, and education for AAED each year. It hosts the Basic Economic Development Course at the city’s conference center and serves as a judge for the course.

The City of Avondale holds IEDC’s Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) designation – the only community to do so in the West Valley. Avondale is engaged with multiple committees through WESTMARC and assists its business community through its LeadingEDGE Awards, recognizing businesses that have positively impacted both the community and the business environment.

About AAED

The Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) was founded in 1974 to serve as Arizona’s unified voice for responsible economic development through professional education, public policy, and collaboration. The Association works to promote economic development in the State of Arizona through an exchange of information and educational opportunities among its members, to act as a liaison with outside groups, to influence legislation affecting economic development, and to empower members to create relationships to improve the economic outlook for Arizona. For more information on AAED, visit or call (602) 240-2233.