The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) announced that Roswell Inc has been recognized as one of only three economic development organizations in Georgia accredited by IEDC as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) and one of just sixty-seven organizations that currently hold this designation globally.

“Roswell Inc displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving of this honor,” said IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle.

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 a site visit. Each phase is designed to evaluate information about the structure, organization, funding, programs, and staff of the candidate economic development organization. Roswell Inc began working on this process in fall 2020, submitted documentation in February and hosted a virtual site visit in August with two IEDC representatives and thirteen community stakeholders, including board members, corporate leaders, and local elected officials.

“This third-party recognition means that our organization is upholding the industry’s best practices and performing economic development that fosters a diverse and sustainable business community. I am extremely proud of our team for their hard work and dedication in helping us achieve this prestigious distinction,” said Steve Stroud, Executive Director of Roswell Inc. “Being accredited will help us attract high-quality talent and investors to further establish Roswell as one of the best cities in the metro area for doing business.”

Maintenance of the AEDO status is required every three years and is accomplished through documentation submission and/or onsite visits by a team of the AEDO subcommittee.

About Roswell Inc

Roswell Inc is the accredited economic development organization (AEDO) for the City of Roswell—serving as a catalyst for a sustainable, innovative, and vibrant business community. We build business in Roswell through four key focus areas—business retention and expansion, business attraction and recruitment, industry support, and business development. As a 501(c)6 nonprofit, we have worked with the City of Roswell through a public-private partnership since 2012.

About IEDC

The International Economic Development Council is the largest membership association serving economic and community development professionals in the world. With over 5,000 members nationwide and abroad, IEDC offers the economic development profession one source for information and professional development, one voice for the profession and one force for advocacy. For more information on IEDC or the AEDO program, contact Dana Crater at (910) 833.7020 or; or visit IEDC’s website at