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NCDS Client, Watertown Development Company, Receives IEDC Award

Friday, November 01, 2019

The Watertown Development Company (WDC) has won an Excellence in Economic Development Award for a project they completed with the help of National Community Development Services, Inc. (NCDS). The award was given by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) at their annual conference in October. 
WDC was given an award for a print brochure that was created as part of a capital campaign facilitated by NCDS. As an organization, NCDS works with communities across the country to help them successfully raise funds for capital campaigns, new initiatives, economic development and quality of life programs. In Watertown, South Dakota, the campaign raised over $3.5-million from over 88 businesses. The funds are being used to promote business attraction and expand existing businesses, workforce development, downtown redevelopment, and building an environment that is conducive to retail growth.

WDC Board Chairman Jim Redlinger said, ““The WDC’s successful $3.5 million capital campaign under the leadership of Chris Schilken marks the beginning of a new state of advancement for the organization. The WDC staff efforts – from developing our economic blueprint to the strategic plan – laid the groundwork and now our community leaders have shown their confidence by rallying behind WDC so it can implement the plan. Together we will pursue a bold new future for Watertown” (Tanner, 2019).

WDC receiving an IEDC award is further recognition of the campaign’s success.  
WDC Executive Director Chris Schilken said, “We are honored to receive another award for our work. Not only does this provide recognition for the WDC and our community internationally; but also, our participation in the awards program sheds light on the WDC’s stellar projects which other communities may use as a benchmark” (Watertown Development Company, 2019)
 You can read more about WDC’s award here,



Tanner, M. (2019, March 21). NEW: Watertown Development Company capital campaign reaches new heights. Retrieved from KWAT Radio News:
Watertown Development Company. (2019, October 20). WATERTOWN DEVELOPMENT COMPANY RECOGNIZED AGAIN FOR MARKETING EFFORTS. Retrieved from Watertown Development Company:

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“NCDS has been our fundraising firm of choice since they first helped us devise the Forward Sioux Falls operating model in 1987, and raised $1.8 million to implement it.  Not only is the firm exceptionally skilled at raising money, they also understand the importance of generating buy-in and sustained commitment.  NCDS has helped us exceed goal in seven campaigns, the latest of which has a $15.5 million target, and when the current campaign is completed, NCDS will have helped us raise $53 million to fund our initiatives.  Our top community leaders expect the best from our organization, and the exceptional team at NCDS always works hard to help us exceed those expectations.” 

Evan Nolte, President & CEO • Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

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