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Award Category Details

Promotional Awards

The promotional awards will be judged on their effectiveness of the promotion. Other factors will be considered such as; innovation, creativity, quality & completeness of information, and contribution to the Economic Development Profession.

All categories are subdivided into groups based on population size.

0  - 10,000 population

10,000 - 50,000 population

50,000 - 250,000 population

250,000+ population

1. Publications (print or electronic)   Example: magazines, brochures, directories

2. Advertising  Example: posters, billboards, commercials

3. Technology and new media  Example: websites, YouTube channels, community app

4. Branding  Example: city signs, new brand design, innovative brand use

Note: These submissions should include formal brand development documents and style guide

 Collaboration & Partnership Awards

The criteria used in judging submissions for the Collaboration & Partnership section are: the extent to which the collaboration and/or partnership have formed in the planning, development & finance, demonstrated economic benefit to the community, and the creativity and innovation in packaging the project.

All categories are subdivided into groups based on population size.

0  - 10,000 population

10,000 - 50,000 population

50,000 - 250,000 population

250,000+ population

1. Public - Private Partnerships  (Includes educational institutions)

2. Regional and cross-border collaboration 

Planning and Building Initiatives

Planning & Building Initiative submissions will be judged on: the ability of the product or program to affect the intended outcomes; innovation; originality; cost effectiveness; and the product’s or program’s impact on the community (e.g. jobs created, spin offs, community pride, increase in tax base)

All categories are subdivided into groups based on population size.

0  - 10,000 population

10,000 - 50,000 population

50,000 - 250,000 population

250,000+ population

1. Physical Infrastructure & Redevelopment Initiatives

2. Strategic Plans and Initiatives  Includes strategic plans, research report/study, workforce development, business retention and expansion, physician recruitment

Influencer of the Year – NEW!! – 3 Awards

This new category of awards reflects the growing importance of positive influence within the economic development profession. Submissions will accepted by, and on behalf of individuals who have made a significant impact on their peers, the industry, their community and or the overall influence of economic development.

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Digital Influencer of the Year Award  

Contributions are made primarily with the use of digital media such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn

Young Professional Influencer of the Year  

 Replaces Young Professional the Year

Community Leader Influencer of the Year  

 Awarded to an elected official

Leadership Awards

Not Submitted Online

 Joseph Montgomery Economic Development Achievement Award

This award submission is made by submitting a complete award nomination application, and a customized nomination package. The package should include documents, publications, letters of reference and other supportive materials that outline the innovative contributions to EDCO and the economic development profession of the individual and evidence of their commitment to go above and beyond.

Innovative Community Award – NEW!

Submissions for the NEW award are made by submitting a complete award nomination application, and a customized video submission. The video will be judged by EDCO members and must address the following criteria: Telling of an innovative success story, what geographic region has been effected, demonstrated economic impact, the role the EDO played in the success, and the influence it will have on the future.

Videos must be submitted through an online file sharing program and will be loaded onto the EDCO YouTube channel. Videos should be no longer than 5 minutes.

The winner of this award will be asked to present at the 2018 EDCO Conference.

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