Pascua Yaqui Tribal Councilman Flores Receives Prestigious EDDE Award

Pascua Yaqui Release

Currently celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) announced that Councilman Marcelino Flores of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe as the recipient of its annual Economic Development Distinguished by Excellence (EDDE) award for New Member of the Year.

The awards were presented during an evening awards dinner at the AAED Spring Conference in Tucson, Arizona.

The prestigious EDDE awards honor individuals and companies who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the organization and also to the economic growth within the state of Arizona. Recipients are selected from a pool of nominations made by members of AAED.

Flores has been very active in his first year as an AAED member, including recruiting new members, actively engaged in Workforce and Southern Membership committees, and working with the AAED Tribal Economic Development Committee to host an educational visit to Casino del Sol.

“Councilman Flores’ efforts to arrange the visit exemplified all three pillars of AAED’s mission – professional education, public policy, and collaboration,” said Joyce Grossman, AAED’s executive director. “In addition to his work on behalf of AAED, he has been instrumental in furthering several Pascua Yaqui Tribe initiatives in the areas of education, health, entertainment, job path programs and workforce development.”

Overall eight EDDEs and a Best of Arizona Award were presented.

The William Lampkin Award for Long Term Excellence in Economic Development was given to Brian Dalke, CEcD, city manager for the city of Goodyear. This award recognizes outstanding achievements by an individual that has made significant contributions to economic development efforts in Arizona and demonstrated a sustained commitment to AAED.

Susan Hyatt, economic development program manager for the city of Phoenix, was cited as Member of the Year.

William Jabjiniak, economic development director for the city of Mesa, received the Economic Developer of the Year, Large Community Award.

The award for Large Organization of the Year was presented to the city of Mesa Office of Economic Development, while the Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization, Inc. (VVREO) was named AAED Small Organization of the Year.

Richmond Vincent, vice president of workforce development for Goodwill of Central Arizona, covering Maricopa County, Prescott and Yuma, was named Workforce Practitioner of the Year.

Arizona State University received the rarely-awarded Best of Arizona Award for its new American university model and the positive economic development impact it has.

AAED, founded in 1974, has a mission to serve as Arizona’s unified voice advocating for responsible economic development through an effective program of professional education, public policy, and collaboration.

For more information on AAED, visit or call (602) 240-2233.

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