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Michelle Kauk Wins 40 Under 40 Award in Economic Development

PHOENIX (January 31, 2017) – Michelle Kauk, Senior Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, has been selected as a winner in the economic development profession’s 40 Under 40 awards, the only award of its kind recognizing young talent in the economic development profession.

An independent six-member selection committee evaluated and chose the winners based on their exceptional contributions to the economic development industry. The award’s program was managed by Development Counsellors International (DCI), a New York-based firm that specializes in economic development marketing.

“Michelle works tirelessly on behalf of the Greater Phoenix region, and this recognition reflects her dedication to enhancing its economic prosperity,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO, Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “We value her contributions as an economic development professional and congratulate her on this well-deserved award.”

As Senior Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs, Michelle Kauk plays a strategic role in advancing the Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s mission and message through public relations, media and communications campaigns. In addition, Michelle oversees the legislative outreach for the organization, as well as investor engagement and corporate development.

DCI’s 40 Under 40 award was designed to discover the economic development profession’s rising stars.

“The people chosen by the selection committee represent a bright future for the economic development world,” said Andy Levine, president of DCI. “They are a new breed of results-driven place makers. We’re very pleased to see Michelle Kauk among the winners.”

“I was impressed by the energy and dedication of these developers,” said Zach Patton, Executive Editor at GOVERNING Magazine and 40 Under 40 selection committee member. “Their passion for good economic development really stood out in their smart innovations, thoughtful programs, and cool ideas.”

DCI officially announced the winners last night at an awards ceremony during the International Economic Development Council Leadership Summit in Jacksonville and will feature an in-depth profile of each on its website during 2017.

For more information on DCI’s 40 Under 40 winners, visit www.aboutdci.com/40under40.

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About the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC)

A true public-private partnership, GPEC is the regional economic development organization for Greater Phoenix. Working with its 23 member communities, Maricopa County and more than 170 private investors, GPEC attracts quality businesses to this dynamic region. By creating a high-performance economy through capital investments and jobs, Greater Phoenix companies enjoy a business climate where they can compete and thrive in today’s global economy. Since 1989, GPEC has worked to achieve an economically sound and sustainable region. For more information, visit www.gpec.org.

About DCI

Considered the leader in marketing places, Development Counsellors International (DCI) specializes in economic development and tourism marketing. The agency has worked for more than 400 cities, regions, states and countries since it was established in New York City in 1960. www.aboutdci.com

Media Contacts:

Katherine Reedy Manager, Communications, GPEC 602-262-8618, kreedy@gpec.org

Susan Brake Vice President, DCI 859-445-1671, susan.brake@aboutdci.com