LAFAYETTE, La. – Today, President and CEO Troy Wayman of One Acadiana (1A) and President and CEO Jeff Finkle of The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) announced 1A has earned recognition as an Accredited Economic Development Organization. 1A is one of only 66 economic development groups in the world to earn the AEDO status, which follows a six-month long documentation and site review process by the International Economic Development Council.
“One Acadiana displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving of this honor,” Finkle said. “AEDO accreditation tells the community, prospects, and stakeholders that their trust is well-placed in One Acadiana and their business is in good hands.”
The AEDO program is a comprehensive peer review process that measures economic development organizations against commonly held standards in the profession. The program consists of two phases: a documentation review and an onsite visit. Each phase is designed to evaluate information about the structure, organization, funding, program, and staff of the candidate economic development organization.