BURLEY, Idaho – Burley Economic Development Director Doug Manning recently was awarded the 2016 Bob potter Economic Development Professional of the Year Award by the Idaho Economic Development Association.

Doug Manning poses with his award. (Photo courtesy of the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization)

The award is given annually to recognize an economic development leader in the state who is making a significant impact in their community and furthering the profession, according to information from the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization.

“Doug Manning was chosen for this award because of the impressive economic development efforts he has been a part of this year for Burley and Mini-Cassia,” Dave Thornton, community and customer relations coordinator for Idaho Power and IEDA member who nominated Manning, said in a prepared statement.

“Doug has been instrumental in several new business recruitments to Southern Idaho including Dow Chemical and Watco, and is a deeply committed leader and advocate for economic development.  He is well deserving of this recognition.”

Manning said he is honored to have been chosen among many “so many great economic development professionals from around the state.

“This award is for the City of Burley,” he said. “We have a tremendous development team that includes our administration offices, department heads, Burley Development Authority, the City Council and other community members. Everyone works very hard to make these projects become successful.”

Manning also was selected to serve as president of IEDA for 2017-2018. He has been on the organization’s board representing the Magic Valley region since 2007.

Source: Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization