Choctaw Nation Honored at 2020 Southern Economic Development Council Annual Conference

TAMPA, FLA., (September 14, 2021) – For the third consecutive year, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma received one of the top honors for a communications piece at the 2021 Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) Annual Conference on August16-17. Choctaw Nation won Best in Class Award for Medium Division’s General-Purpose Brochure category for the 2019/2020 Community Profile.

"These annual Communication Awards recognize and showcase the leading communication and marketing work done by economic development professionals throughout the south," states SEDC President Gene Stinson. "Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma hit the mark this year with this communication piece. Their piece showed not only creativity but also solid messaging and effectiveness at reaching their target audience."

The Communication Awards are given each year by SEDC at its annual conference. Over 20 categories of communications and marketing work submitted by SEDC members are evaluated within four divisions. Judging criteria for General Entry Awards include graphic appeal, clarity of message, quality of information, positioning /differentiation and format.

"It is such an honor for our team to be recognized for the quality of work and impact messaging we use as a primary communication tool," states Tammye Gwin, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Senior Executive Officer of Strategic Development. "The Choctaw Nation Economic Development Department, Marketing Department, and Choctaw Print Services have partnered on content and messaging to produce high-quality material that we’re excited to share with the public."

The SEDC Annual Conference is SEDC’s main educational event of the year. Over 400 economic development professionals spent three days networking and learning recent economic development trends and strategies from corporate, government, and executive professionals.

For more information on Choctaw Nation’s award-winning Community Profile for 2019-2020, click here.

About The Choctaw Nation

The Choctaw Nation is the third-largest Indian Nation in the United States with more than 200,000 tribal members and 10,000-plus associates. This ancient people has an oral tradition dating back over 13,000 years. The first tribe over the Trail of Tears, its historic reservation boundaries are in the southeast corner of Oklahoma, covering 10,923 square miles. The Choctaw Nation’s vision, "Living out the Chahta Spirit of faith, family and culture," is evident as it continues to focus on providing opportunities for growth and prosperity. For more information about the Choctaw Nation, its culture, heritage and traditions, please go to

About SEDC

SEDC is the oldest and largest regional economic development association in North America, with more than 860 members representing a variety of backgrounds. From local, regional, and state economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, business and industry, utilities, transportation, finance, and education, members share a common interest: the promotion and enhancement of the economic development profession. To find out more about SEDC, please visit