A former Weyburn resident and graduate of the Weyburn Comprehensive School was recently named a winner in the economic development profession’s “40 under 40” awards.
Kendra Borgen, who graduated from the Comp in 2003, was selected as a winner in the first-ever awards program recognizing young talent in the economic development profession on an international scale.
A five-member selection committee chose the winners from a pool of more than 150 candidates based on their exceptional contributions to the economic development industry. The award’s program was managed by Development Counsellors International, a New York-based firm that specializes in economic development marketing.
“Kendra was amongst some exceptional company at the ‘40 Under 40’ awards ceremony, each with different backgrounds and from countries including the United States, Iraq and Puerto Rico. She has worked on some innovative projects that have helped position southeast Alberta as an attractive and unique place to invest in,” said Wendy Blackwell, executive director for the EDA.
Kendra is a certified social media strategist with a background in marketing and communications. She has an internationally recognized project development and management certificate and has worked with the Economic Development Alliance for three years. She has worked in the broadcast industry doing advertising, new business development and creative copy adn has led a promotions team for both newspapers and magazines.
She began her career in economic development as a business coordinator for Community Futures Entre-corp. She is the youngest of the top 40 winners.
The winners were announced on Jan. 27 at an awards receptikon during the International Economic Development Council Leadership Summit in Orlando, Flo.