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Ben Franklin Technology Partners recognized at international conference

Ben Franklin Technology Partners got its due last week at the International Economic Development Council’s annual conference in Atlanta, Ga., where it received the council’s highest honor during a ceremony on Oct. 21.

Calling Ben Franklin Technology Partners a “trendsetting organization,” that is “leading the charge,” IEDC Chair Robin Roberts Krieger emphasized the importance of economic developments efforts “in the midst of an inhospitable financial climate.”

IEDC received almost 500 nominations from around the world for recognition in a broad range of economic development categories, and BFTP was one of 25 recognized for outstanding achievement in the category of “Technology-Based Economic Development by Organizations Serving Areas with Populations Exceeding 200,000.”

Terry Singer, Director of Statewide Affairs for BFTP, said it was a particular honor to receive the award during the organizations 25th anniversary year. Ben Franklin Technology Partners, founded in 1983, is one of the longest running programs in the country dedicated to growing a state’s technology-based economy.

Over the past three years, BFTP has assisted client companies in creating or retaining 9,410 jobs, provided 758 companies with financial assistance or investment, provided 2,483 companies with business or technical assistance and helped companies create 751 new or improved products or processes.

In April 2008, the U.S. Department of Commerce recognized the BFTP network as the outstanding technology-led economic development organization in the country.

Source: International Economic Development Council
Writer: John Davidson

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