Currently celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Arizona Association for Economic Development has announced that Mignonne D. Hollis, executive director of the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation, is the recipient of its annual Economic Development Distinguished by Excellence award for Economic Developer of the Year — Small Community.
The awards were presented during an evening awards dinner at the AAED Spring Conference in Tucson.
The prestigious EDDEawards 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 ofAAED.
Hollis, who serves as chair of AAED’s Rural Committee, was recognized for furthering the mission of SVEDF.
Joyce Grossman, AAED’s executive director, said Hollis works closely with companies recruiting, retaining and expanding their presence in Sierra Vista. As part of this effort, she has built strong partnerships with other economic development organizations.
“She has also played a lead role in supporting development and expansion of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry in Arizona by creating a private UAS test site in Cochise County,” Grossman said. “Mignonne also serves as the point person for the Huachuca 50, whose mission is to promote the economic welfare of the Sierra Vista area by supporting the continuing development of Fort Huachuca.”
Ms. Hollis is heavily engaged in the economic welfare of the community and represents Sierra Vista and the Southeastern region by serving on nine different boards that directly impact public policy, workforce, and community development on a local, state, and international level. The EDDE award is one of many examples of how her unwavering efforts to improve the economic welfare of Sierra Vista and the region are being recognized all over the State of Arizona.