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Award Entry Deadline EXTENDED: Wednesday, August 8, 2018


2018 Golden Prospector Awards

Award Entry Deadline EXTENDED: Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Golden Prospector awards were established by the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) to encourage and recognize excellence in economic development.


The 2018 Golden Prospector Awards is open to all AAED members in good standing. To be eligible, at least some part of the project must have occurred in 2017 and have been completed by April 30, 2018.

Judging Process

All entries are judged based on the criteria included in the entry guidelines and each entry will be judged by three judges. Entries receiving 90% or more of the total points available are eligible for a Golden Prospector; entries receiving 89% - 80% of total point available are eligible for an Award of Merit. The judges may award multiple winners or no winners, based on the total points and entries received. Judges reserve the right to move entries to alternative categories that they believe to be more appropriate. The decision of the judges is final. AAED reserves the right to exclude any entry for any reason.

Submittal Process

All entries and support materials must be uploaded to Dropbox. Marketing Brochure entries must provide 3 hard copies and mailed/delivered to AAED office.

Entry Fees: $100

Entries must be received, not postmarked, by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, 2018.

No late entries will be accepted.

Finalists in each category will be notified shortly after the judging of the Golden Prospector entries, no later than August 31, 2018. From these finalists, Golden Prospector and Award of Merit recipients will be announced at the Golden Prospector Awards presentation at the Fall Forum. 

Please plan on attending the 2018 Golden Prospector Awards ceremony at the Fall Forum October 19, 2018


Jennifer Lindley, Committee Chair - | 480-358-3523

Bridgette Blair, AZED Pro, Associate Director - | 602-240-2233 ext.2





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