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Meet Member Robin Reynolds

Monday, November 26, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michelle Georgiev
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Even before I became a member, I became aware that AAED was the state's go-to organization for learning economic development best practices and connecting with leading ED professionals. Since I represented a tribal community, I knew not all practices would apply. However, I also realized that understanding the state, county and city environment around the tribe was key to learning ways to collaborate and also to compete.

When I listened to luncheon programs, attended Academy classes or participated in Tribal Committee meetings, I always asked myself, how can this information or these connections benefit my client? Being able to parse out those pieces have enabled me to take back valuable information and critical advice to my client. What has this done for Ak-Chin? As a result of my AAED participation, Ak-Chin's industrial park, Santa Cruz Commerce Center, is the only tribal industrial park to be Gold-certified as a shovel-ready site by the Arizona Commerce Authority.

It is now on a more even playing field to receive development leads and to pursue more diverse industry. Its website, which was developed by my company, Nice Creative, was recently recognized with an Edde Award and was held up as a paragon not only for a tribal economic development website, but all economic development websites. On a personal level, my dedication to the Tribal Committee has allowed me to rise to its Chair position and to lead several important initiatives for both the Committee and the overall AAED organization.

Finally, I have earned my AZED Pro designation for having completed the necessary educational modules. At first, my involvement with AAED was peripheral, but I can truly attest that when I really became involved--taking classes, networking at luncheons and assuming leadership roles--I was truly able to achieve the greatest benefits both for my client and for myself.