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Greater Jackson Alliance Recognized as Top 25 Economic Development Organization in North America

Sep 18, 2017 - Toronto, ON., Greater Jackson Alliance

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Greater Jackson Alliance Recognized as Top 25 Economic
Development Organization in North America

Community Systems Digital 25 Awards Digital Leaders in Economic Development at IEDC 2017
Toronto, ON., September 18, 2017: Greater Jackson Alliance was recognized last night as one
of the top 25 digital economic development organizations (EDOs) in North America at the 2017
International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference. The annual Digital 25
reflects those organizations that best use digital technology to differentiate their communities
online, and to better serve businesses.

The recognition comes from Community Systems, a company that develops websites and
software to foster economic growth and tourism in communities across the world. The Digital 25
recognition is based on results from an annual survey of over 400 EDOs, analyzing how they
use digital technology to drive growth and support community businesses.
“We’re thrilled to be recognized at IEDC as a digital leader in the economic development
industry,” said Greg Word from the Greater Jackson Alliance. “Embracing digital technology has
helped our organization save time, better serve businesses and create a better digital portal into
our community.”

Results of the survey can be found in a new Community Systems white paper: How Leading
EDO’s are Using Technology to Save Time and Generate Impact. It shares candid answers
from EDOs about how they use technology and their thoughts on the future of the industry.
“We’re pleased to recognize these 25 leaders in the economic development community,” said
Ben Wright, CEO of Community Systems. “These are some of the most successful EDOs in
North America and we believe that’s a direct result of how they embrace and use digital
technology to help businesses and community members.”

In July and August 2017, Community Systems surveyed 436 economic development
practitioners about the importance they place on digital technologies, which technologies
they’ve adopted, budget for technology as well as their overall attitudes about technology.
Results showed how data driven technology is implementing positive change throughout the
economic development community. To access the white paper and survey results, visit:

About Community Systems

Community Systems provides websites and digital technology to the economic development
and tourism industries, serving 280 communities globally. Its products like InSite GIS, LeadIQ
and GoThereDoThat are digital tools that help community organizations establish a robust
online presence, drive intelligent location decisions, create and market engaging content, and
save time and money. Community Systems also provides educational tracks and certifications
for economic development and tourism professionals through its DigitalEDU program. For more
information, visit: www.communitysys.com.

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