County Commissioners Recognize Award-Winning Community Leader

The Montgomery County Commissioners are applauding Steven J. Budd for receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) at the organization’s annual conference in September in Toronto, Canada.

IEDC’s Economic Development Awards recognize finest economic development programs worldwide and their most influential leaders. The recipients are honored for their contributions to change in urban, suburban and rural communities.

The Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence is an award which is given in honor of Edward DeLuce, a founding member of the Council for Urban Development (CUED), a predecessor to IEDC.  The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual who has shown extraordinary performance and achievements in the economic development profession.

“Steve has been an invaluable asset to the City of Dayton and Montgomery County with his keen ability to develop creative and effective funding strategies that benefit our downtown core,” said County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman. 

Steven J. Budd recently retired as the President of CityWide Development Corporation, a position he had held since 1989. Mr. Budd is a past chair of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). He has been honored by IEDC with their Fellow Member and Honorary Life Member Awards, as well as the Jeffery A. Finkle Award. 

CityWide Development Corporation is a non-profit organization with a mission to strengthen Dayton through strategic economic and community development. CityWide develops programs and services to address Dayton’s need for economic growth and viable, attractive neighborhoods. For many years, the core services have focused on providing gap financing to attract and expand business development in the Region; support development of large-scale neighborhood revitalization efforts; and engage in catalytic real estate development.