The East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC), a regional non-profit, business-growth organization founded in 1984, has honored Dana Quittner, a founding ECEDC board member, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented at the ECEDC’s recent 30th anniversary celebration event.
Presenting the award to Quittner was Jo Marie Diamond, ECEDC president/CEO, along with John Minto, ECEDC board chair and Santee City Council member, and Deanna Weeks, the ECEDC first CEO who is now retired.
Quittner, president of Quittner Consulting, an education communication services firm, was a founding ECEDC board member while serving as a staff member for County Supervisor George Bailey. Over the past 30 years, she has worked in government affairs, workforce training, economic development and public information in the public and private sectors and at local, regional, state and national levels.
“Our organization would not be where it is today without the vision, dedication and hard work of Dana Quittner,” said Diamond. “Her support, insight and community connections have been invaluable. She is one of the most talented individuals I have ever met.”
Quittner worked with the county from 1985 to 1993, when she joined the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. She spent 16 years with the college district before retiring in 2009 as associate vice chancellor, overseeing government relations, economic development and public information. Since 2011, she has consulted on education policy issues as director of communications with the San Diego-based Institute for Evidence-Based Change.
The ECEDC’s 30th anniversary, attended by about 150 people, was held on Oct. 25 inside an aircraft hangar at High Performance Aircraft in El Cajon. The event, themed “Back to the Future,” showcased a dual focus of highlighting previous ECEDC successes and looking ahead. Scattered throughout the 20,000-square-foot hanger were table displays from East County-based companies touting their history of growth. Major sponsors at the 30th anniversary event included San Diego Gas & Electric, Cox Communications, Barona Casino, and the San Diego County Water Authority.