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Announcing the 2018 Awards of Excellence Finalists

January 15, 2018 ~ EDCO is excited to announce the finalists of the 2018 Awards of Excellence. The best of the best in economic development work happening across the province will be honoured and celebrated at the President's Dinner and Awards Ceremony on
Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto, the finale of the 62nd EDCO Conference & Showcase. The annual EDCO Awards program is coordinated through the EDCO Awards Committee and aims to seek advanced ideas that have the ability to become economic development best practices of the future.

This year, 98 entries were submitted from communities and organizations across Ontario.  A judging panel with expertise in marketing, communications, tourism and industrial/commercial development met in Toronto in November to evaluate each entry.  Entries were scored on the ability of the entries to meet their objectives and reach a target audience, use of budget and return on investment, and uniqueness.   Entries were required to meet a minimum score threshold in order to be chosen for an honourable mention or award; as a result, awards are not necessarily given for every category.  Alternatively, some categories may have multiple recipients.  Throughout the judging process, judges were encouraged to watch for new, innovative and extraordinary initiatives to be considered for the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Economic Development Excellence (formerly known as the Best of Show Award).  This year, three of the finalists initiatives were put forward; the nominees and winner will be announced at the ceremony. 

Congratulations to all of the finalists!  Thank you for showing outstanding leadership in the profession and elevating economic development practices in Ontario.  Drum roll please...

The 2018 EDCO Awards of Excellence Finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

This year, two communities submitted video entries for the Innovative Community of the Year Award, which is judged by voting.  Almost 400 votes were received and the recipient will be announced during the awards ceremony on January 31st.
To purchase tickets to attend the President's Dinner and Awards Ceremony, click here.

For a list of previous year's EDCO Award winners, click here.

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