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The International Economic Development Council 2008 New Economic Developer of the Year Award was given to Jason Crawford.

Jason Crawford is currently the Marketing and Economic Development Manager for the City of Santa Clarita. He has been with the City of Santa Clarita since March 2001 and managed the Film & Tourism Office prior to being promoted to his current position. The City of Santa Clarita is the 4th largest City in Los Angeles County with a population of over 175,000 residents, and over 6,000 businesses. Jason was born and raised in Nashville TN. He moved to Santa Clarita in 1993 and received a Bachelors of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 1999. Under Jasons leadership, the City of Santa Clarita has been recognized as the Best Economic Development Program in the State of CA by CALED for two straight years, in 2007 for the Film program and in 2008 for the Tourism program. Additionally, Santa Clarita was named one of the Top 20 Best Places to Live in the U.S. (Money Magazine, 2006); and has been named One of the Top 5 Most Business Friendly Cities in Los Angeles County by LAEDC every year since the inception of the award in 2006. Earlier this year, Jason was named one of the Forty Under 40 top business professionals by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

The International Economic Development Council 2008 New Economic Developer of the Year Award Honorable Mention was given to Mark Rothert.

Mark Rothert is executive director of the Spoon River Partnership for Economic Development located in
Canton, Illinois. His efforts have spanned the scope of business development and attraction, community marketing, tourism development, and downtown revitalization for the Canton area. Rothert, a member of both the IEDC and International City/County Management ociation, has built a close working relationship between the public, private and nonprofit sectors to advance economic development in his community. Since starting in 2005, he has been responsible for several initiatives that include the grass roots organization of Canton Main Street, downtown preservation and revitalization, completion of the citys comprehensive plan, winning a Governors Hometown Award, successful grant writing and isting small business owners and local entrepreneurs. Rothert has also been working with Canton city officials to remediate and redevelop a 33-acre brownfield site known as the former International
Harvester Site, located two blocks from the citys historic downtown. Rothert, a certified Professional Community and
Economic Developer (PCED), holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Western Illinois University (2001) and a Masters degree in public administration from the University of Kansas (2003) and is currently working towards his certification in IEDCs Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) program. Prior to returning to his hometown of Canton, Rothert worked for the cities of Des Moines, IA and Overland Park, KS. His volunteer work includes serving on the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway board of directors, as a commissioner on the City of Canton Planning and Zoning Commission, and on the board of the Prairie Hills Resource Conservation and Development organization. Rothert also served as a Big Brother for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Iowa during his time in Des Moines.

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