Economic Development’s Rising Stars

40 Under 40 Economic Development logoNominations for DCI’s 40 Under 40 have currently closed.

We will notify all winners in early December 2014 and will officially announce and recognize the winners at the IEDC Leadership Summit in Palm Beach in January 2015.

If you would like us to notify you in January about the winners, please include your contact information below. We’ll be sure to add you to our distribution list.

For questions, please reach out to Susan Brake by email at susan.brake(at) or by phone at 303.455.9601.

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Selection Committee

The DCI 40 Under 40 Selection Committee is comprised of five industry thought leaders with a broad range of expertise. The committee includes a recruiter who specializes in economic development, previous 40 Under 40 winners, site selectors and industry leaders. Click on the photos below to see their depth of experience and why DCI is honored to have each serve on our 40 Under 40 Selection Committee.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Development Counsellors International’s 40 Under 40 Award?

DCI’s 40 Under 40 is a list of 40 people who have achieved success in economic development before turning 40 years old.

Who is eligible to win?

Candidates must be 40 years old or younger as of December 31, 2014.

Can former 40 Under 40 winners be nominated again?

Yes, as long as they are under 40 years old as of December 31, 2014.

When is the nomination deadline?

Nominations must be filled in completely and submitted by October 31, 2014.

Can a person self-nominate?

Yes, a nominee can either be self-nominated or nominated by a third party.

I have someone who is a perfect fit, but I don’t know the exact details on their success. What should I do?

You can either email the name and contact information directly to Susan Brake at susan.brake(at) or you can send them an alert. We’ll be sure to follow up with each person directly letting them know that someone thought they would be a good fit for the award.

How can I nominate someone for DCI’s 40 Under 40?

Nominations must be submitted online.

When will winners be notified?

Winners, and all others who submitted an application, will be notified of the status of their nomination, the first week of December 2014.

When will DCI announce its 40 Under 40 winners?

DCI will announce and recognize winners at the International Economic Development Council’s Leadership Summit in Palm Beach, Fla., January 25-27, 2015.

Will this be an annual award?

No. We will release the award every two years. Check back in 2016 for the nomination form to fill out for potential candidates in 2017.

What are the qualifications for DCI’s 40 Under 40?

We are looking for young leaders who have raised the bar in economic development: those who have brought innovation, high standards, strong character and a track record of success to their community and the profession. Candidates must be 40 years old or younger as of December 31, 2014. For this particular award, service providers to the economic development industry are not eligible.

Who decides who will be in DCI’s 40 Under 40?

Our selection committee represents a broad mix of representatives from the economic development industry including recruiters, economic developers and site selectors.

How are the winners chosen?

After we receive the nominations, the selection committee will review and rank each nominee. DCI will compile all rankings to determine the top 40.

What is required of those who are selected?

Candidates who are selected must make themselves available for an interview with our digital team. They are also required to send us a photo to include in the website. In addition, if they are available we’d love for them to attend a special recognition dinner during IEDC’s Leadership Summit in Palm Beach in January.