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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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"On behalf of the officers and directors of the Economic Development Alliance, I want to thank you and your staff for the great job NCDS did in helping restructure the Alliance, and for successful management of the fundraising campaign that fully funded our five-year action plan. The NCDS process and format delivered exactly what you said it would do when you met with Alliance members over eighteen months ago. The NCDS process engaged top regional private and public sector leaders and attracted financial support from large and small companies and communities throughout the region."

Brian Ferguson, Chairman & CEO (Retired) • Eastman Chemical Company

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