About Us Report The City of Richardson's Economic Development Department is dedicated to building a vibrant and thriving local economy by attracting new investment and jobs, through marketing and recruitment efforts and by working with existing employers. AEDO Accreditation REDD is an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), making it one of only 68 economic development organizations to have achieved this distinction. Richardson was first accredited in 2012 and was the first entity in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to earn this accreditation. Richardson is the only community in Texas, and only the second nationally, to have achieved the dual honors of AEDO accreditation and five-star accreditation of its Chamber of Commerce from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Earning the AEDO accreditation tells the community and prospects that the REDD has attained a measure of excellence assuring that their trust is well-placed and their business is in good hands. The AEDO status positions the REDD among the top one percent of economic development organizations. To read more about AEDO accreditation, visit the IEDC website.