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  • 01 Jun 2018 12:56 PM | Kerri Schuttel (Administrator)

    The Downtown Elmira Business Improvement Area (BIA) is seeking proposals from qualified consultants in the field of planning and economic development to develop a:

    1. Community Improvement Plan (CIP) with an assumed budget ranging from $50,000 - $100,000, and;
    2. Community Improvement Plan with an assumed budget of $500,000 to establish a framework for providing a coordinated plan for improvements and rehabilitation to lands and businesses within the Elmira BIA boundary area located in Woolwich Township. 
    View detailed RFP here.

    For more information, contact Sarah Goldrup at sgoldrup@woolwich.ca.
  • 09 May 2018 4:11 PM | Kerri Schuttel (Administrator)

    EDCO invites you to participate in a social media contest to celebrate International Economic Development Week May 7-12, 2018.

    There's two ways to enter the contest:

    On Facebook

    1.  Like the EDCO Facebook page

    2.  Find, like and share the contest post

    3.  Comment on the contest post telling us what you love about economic development. 

    On Twitter

    1. Like and follow the EDCO Twitter Page 

    2. Record a short video (15-30 seconds) of why you think economic development is important and why you chose to be an economic development professional.  Tweet your video, tag us @EDCO1EDCO and use the hashtags #EDW2018, #EconDevWeek2018 and #QualityofLife

    Double your entries by participating on both Facebook and Twitter.  The contest will run from May 7-12, 2018 and one winner will be announced May 25, 2018.

  • 07 May 2018 12:00 PM | Kerri Schuttel (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    Ontario - To commemorate Economic Development Week, economic development organizations from across the country have worked together to produce a short video that demonstrates the importance of economic development to the fabric of a community.  

    These organizations - The International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC), the Council for Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO), Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO), Economic Developers Alberta (EDA), British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA), the Economic Developers Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (EDANL), Nunavut Economic Development Association (NEDA), Saskatchewan Economic Developers Association (SEDA), and La Cité 2031 - have collaborated to undertake the project.

    Economic developers have a common objective: building stronger, more resilient, inclusive economies. The video illustrates why communities should invest in economic development.  For further information on the video and its collaborators, please visit: www.EconomicDevelopmentMatters.com.

    Heather Lalonde, CEcd, Ec.D
    Chief Executive Officer
    EDCO
    T: 613-931-6827
    E: edco@edco.on.ca
    W: www.edco.on.ca

  • 13 Apr 2018 4:04 PM | Kerri Schuttel (Administrator)

    Released by IEDC - Communities across North America are gearing up for the 2018 Economic Development Week celebration. This year's celebration dates are from May 7-12. 

    Participating in Economic Development Week helps to build an appreciation for the work that your organization does to stimulate job creation in your community. 2018 is the third year #EconDevWeek will take place, each year gaining more participation and reach.

    Congratulations to Colorado in the States for their 2018 state-wide campaign!

    The Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT) and the Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) are partnering once again, to highlight the significant impact that each of their economic development organizations have in communities across the state. Take a look at their campaign.You may remember Colorado's 2017 celebration efforts. Here's a quick videoto refresh your memory!

    Share your campaign with IEDC! We want to list it on the celebration website, and may share it in an upcoming message. 

    Have you downloaded the International toolkit

    IEDC is providing you with the tools you need to plan a successful campaign, including this free webinar recording which offers insight from 2017 Excellence in Economic Development Awards winners.

    Download the International Toolkit. Watch the webinar on demand. Prepare for a rewarding experience

    Use what you learn during the webinar to:

    • Determine and launch a committee 
    • Establish timelines for your communication campaign 
    • Utilize resources for planning campaign activities 
    • Engage elected officials and high-profile community stakeholders 
    • Document and apply for an IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Award 
    • Leverage your award campaign successes post celebration 
    • Simply have fun in the process!

    Put your campaign on the international radar by participating in Economic Development Week! It's a perfect opportunity to share information about your organization's programs and services. It's also a perfect opportunity to increase visibility for the profession among young professionals and those seeking a career change. Every campaign is unique because every community is unique. Everything you need to create a rock solid campaign may be accessed at www.iedconline.org/edw.     

  • 27 Mar 2018 9:26 AM | Kerri Schuttel (Administrator)

    ECONOMIC DEVELOPERS COUNCIL OF ONTARIO (EDCO)
    REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
    DEVELOPMENT OF MESSAGING FOR STAKEHOLDER RELATIONS
    SERVICES REQUIRED

    The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO), Stakeholder Relations Committee is seeking a qualified consultant/company to develop a polished, professional messaging campaign for the purpose of stakeholder and sponsor relations and recruitment.

    WHAT IS EDCO?

    The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) is Canada’s largest provincial economic development organization. For over 60 years EDCO has increased the capacity of those who practise economic, industrial, and community development through professional development initiatives, information exchanges among members and the promotion of the economic development profession. It has also been a catalyst for assisting in the development and promotion of Ontario and its municipalities.

    The membership of EDCO is comprised of specialists from various disciplines. Each contributes his or her expertise to the complex job of economic development.

    The Council consists of:

    • Municipal, Business and Economic Development Professionals

    • Municipal, Regional, Provincial, Federal Government Officials

    • Land Developers

    • Educators and technology assistance developers and facilitators

    • Industrial and Commercial Realtors

    • Tourism Industry Representatives

    • Industrial/Commercial/Tourism Development Specialists from Banks, Public Utilities and Transportation Companies

    EDCO enjoys a close working relationship with the Provincial and Federal Governments as well as links with other professional associations.

    For further information, visit the EDCO website at www.edco.on.ca

    PROJECT BACKGROUND

    For the past several years, EDCO has used in-house resources to create messaging to appeal to partners, sponsors and members to create awareness of EDCO and to recruit all three parties with a good success rate. EDCO is now ready to take their message to the next level as membership is now the largest economic development association in Canada. EDCO meets regularly with stakeholders but wishes to present a more polished presence and clearer call to action in those meetings through presentations and printed collateral left behind at the conclusion of said meetings.

    EDCO would like to use new materials during Economic Development Week from May 7-12, 2018 in addition to the launch of a new video “Why Invest In Economic Development” which is a tool for our membership. This week showcases the importance of economic development in communities. EDCO will be meeting with key stakeholders during that week.

    PROJECT DELIVERABLES

    1. Develop a menu of presentations and collateral with a polished professional appearance built from current existing content and resources.

    RFI TIMELINES

    RFI Issued Tuesday, March 27, 2018
    RFI Submissions due by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    Contract awarded April 16, 2018
    Contract Completed by May 7, 2018

    GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

    The successful applicant or lead partner must be a registered business licensed to work in Ontario in order to enter into a contractual agreement for this project.

    Three references for related projects must be submitted with proposal.

    SKILLS REQUIRED OF CONTRACTOR

    The Contractor should have experience in creating effective messaging targeted at groups described above with an affordable budget. EDCO is seeking messaging that is unique and will make the group standout with consistent messaging.

    PROJECT BUDGET

    Given that current resources will be made available to the successful proponent, the maximum budget is $5,000.00.

    PROPOSAL CONTENT

    Your proposal should include a demonstrated understanding of the scope and particulars of the assignment, the estimated expenses to complete the assignment, and should clearly and concisely address the following evaluation criteria:

    1. Proponent Overview (15 points)

    Provide a company profile, verification of liability insurance policy and describe the relevant experience of the proponent in projects completed of a similar scope and scale, providing samples of such work. Also provide references (minimum of three) of projects that the proponent has done in the last three years – should include company, address, and contact person, telephone number, email and website (where possible).

    2. Understanding of Objectives/Approach & Methology (45 points)

    Describe your understanding of the assignment, including overall scope and objectives, noting any specific challenges that may exist. Describe the approach and methodology to be followed in completing all aspects as described in the project background in order to achieve the stated project deliverables.

    3. Experience and Qualifications of Key Team Members (15 points)

    Identify the Project Manager and key team members of the project team to be assigned, including those from specialized sub-consultants, and describe their individual capabilities, respective roles and availability for this project. Resumes should be included where appropriate.

    4. Work Plan and Schedule (25 points)

    Provide a work plan and schedule, including a breakdown of the major tasks and the level of effort by individual team members in sufficient detail as to allow a complete understanding as to how and by whom the work is to be carried out.

    SELECTION PROCESS

    An evaluation team from the EDCO Stakeholder Relations Committee will review all expressions of interest received and score the proposals using a “consensus” approach, in relation to the criteria that are identified. One or more proponents may be invited to attend a formal interview with the evaluation team, and/or to provide written clarification on their proposal.

    EDCO is not bound to accept any proposal and reserves the right to modify or revise the successful submission in discussion with the proponent following acceptance of the original proposal.

    SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL

    Please provide an electronic copy of your proposal in Word or PDF format to Heather Lalonde, Ec.D., CEO, Economic Developers Council of Ontario at edco@edco.on.ca

    Proposals must be received by no later than 4:00 p.m. EST on April 10, 2018Late submissions will not be given consideration.

    ENQUIRIES

    Enquiries regarding terms, conditions and proposal process or format of response should be directed to Heather Lalonde, CEO, EDCO at edco@edco.on.ca no later than 12:00 pm EST Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Responses to enquiries will be provided no later than 12:00 pm EST Thursday, April 5, 2018.

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS

    CANCELLATION

    The Economic Developers Council of Ontario reserves the right to amend terms of this RFP, to circulate various addenda, or to withdraw the RFP at any time, regardless of how much time and effort applicants have spent on their responses.

    APPLICANT’S ACCEPTANCE OF RFP TERMS AND CONDITIONS

    Each applicant, by submitting a Proposal, signifies that the applicant has read, completely understands and accepts the Terms and Conditions of the RFI in full.

    REJECTION OF PROPOSAL

    The Economic Developers Council of Ontario reserves the right in its sole discretion to reject any or all Proposals which do not adhere to the rules, schedule or any other part of this RFI.

    IRREVOCABLE

    All Proposals will be irrevocable for a period of thirty (30) days from the closing date of the RFI, or until the RFI is counter-signed and returned to the successful applicant, whichever comes first.

    FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

    Applicants are advised and acknowledge that all replies received in response to this RFP will be subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.F.31. This acknowledgement shall not be construed as a waiver of any right to object to the release of any information or documents.

    CONFIDENTIALITY

    This RFI or any portion thereof, is strictly confidential and is not to be copied or used for any purpose other than the submission for proposal to the Economic Developers Council of Ontario

    CONFLICT OF INTEREST

    Each applicant must include in its proposal submission confirmation of the following:

    That the applicant does not and will not have any conflict of interest (actual, perceived or potential) in the development of the call for proposal or subsequent evaluation of proposals in submitting its proposal or, if selected, with the contractual obligations of the applicant as Contractor under the Agreement. Where applicable, an applicant must declare in its proposal submission any situation that may be a conflict of interest in submitting its Proposal or, if selected, with the contractual obligations of the applicant as Contractor under the Agreement.

    The proposal submission of any applicant must be disqualified where the applicant fails to provide confirmation of the foregoing or makes misrepresentations regarding any of the above. Further, the Economic Developers Council of Ontario shall have the right to rescind any contract with the selected applicant in the event that the Economic

    Developers Council of Ontario, in its sole discretion, determines that the selected applicant has made a misrepresentation regarding any of the above, in addition to or in lieu of any other remedies that the Economic Developers Council of Ontario has in law or in equity.

    OWNERSHIP OF COLLATERAL MATERIAL

    Upon completion of project, all material collected and created will become the property of the Economic Developers Council of Ontario Inc.

    Print RFI

  • 07 Feb 2018 10:04 PM | Kerri Schuttel (Administrator)

    EDCO Celebrates Excellence in Economic Development

    February 7, 2018 - Toronto, ON:  Award-winning economic development initiatives from around the province were announced and celebrated at the 2017 EDCO Awards of Excellence, the grand finale to the 61st Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) Annual Conference.  The President’s Dinner and Awards Ceremony took place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto and showcased the winning entries chosen through a rigorous judging process by an expert panel. In total, 118 submissions from 55 communities and organizations were received.  Almost 400 industry leaders attended to recognize the achievements of their peers and success in the areas of promotion, collaboration and building initiatives.

    The Lieutenant Governor’s Award, the highest award for the best business marketing achievement in Ontario was awarded to Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board for Bay of Quinte Discovery Guide 4th Edition.  In addition to recognizing communities of all sizes, the evening honoured individuals who influence the communities in which they work and exhibit a high standard of professionalism in economic development through leadership, mentorship, and collaboration.  EDCO Leadership Awards were awarded to Savanna Myers of Grey County for Young Professional Influencer of the Year and Mayor Jeff Lehman, City of Barrie - Invest Barrie received the Community Influencer of the Year award. EDCO President’s Award recognized two recipients: Lauren Millier of MDB Insight Inc. and the City of Toronto. Belinda Wick-Graham from the Town of Minto received EDCO’s prestigious honour - the Joseph A. Montgomery Economic Development Award.

    “The EDCO Awards of Excellence Program continues to help communities raise their profile and enhances the work that economic developers are doing in Ontario,” said Alison Newton, EDCO 2018 President. “Sharing the creativity and innovation of the winning projects is transforming how economic development is practiced, increasing our competitiveness for business attraction and investment.”

    EDCO is proud of the many initiatives and projects recognized annually through the Awards of Excellence program. 

    2017 EDCO Awards of Excellence List of Recipients
  • 02 Feb 2018 1:06 PM | Kerri Schuttel (Administrator)

    The Township of Lake of Bays has released an RFP 2018-08 for Branding and Visual Identity with a closing date of February 27, 2018.

    Qualified branding companies with municipal experience are encouraged to respond to this opportunity.  

  • 20 Dec 2017 7:51 AM | Heather Lalonde (Administrator)

    REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
    “Why Invest in Economic Development?” Video

    Services Required
    A Consortium consisting of: the Economic Developers Council of Ontario; Economic Developers Alberta; BC Economic Development Association; Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers; Conseil de développement économique de l’Alberta; Economic Developers Association of Canada; International Economic Developers Council; and, Saskatchewan Economic Developers Association and the Nunavut Economic Developers Association is  seeking a qualified Proponent to conceptualize, design, source and develop a short, powerful video.

    Summary

    The Consortium is a group of professional, not-for-profit organizations that have come together in order to produce both a publication and accompanying video that demonstrates the value in investing in economic development. 

    Each individual group has significant membership in their geographic areas that will be the end user of the video and supporting documents. 

    The key objective of the video is to visually highlight the importance of economic development in communities, regions, territories, etc.  The viewers of the video will come away with a greater understanding of the profession and its importance in a community.  It is important that the production steer viewers away from the traditional understanding of the profession (industrial development) and convey the message of the changing profession to include the broad range it covers now.

    It is the group’s intention to launch the video during Economic Development Week, May 7-12, 2018.

    PROJECT Scope

    The key objective of this video will be to deliver a powerful, compelling case for local investment in economic development through video.  The production should leave no doubt in the viewers’ mind as to the importance of having a strong economic development mandate in communities.  A project Steering Committee will work with the successful proponent to ensure objectives are met during each milestone of the project. 
    There will be three phases to the project including:

    1. Creation of outline for messaging, images and goals
    2. Content development including sourcing stories, scenes, and speakers to be highlighted in the video.
    3. Video production – filming, editing and creating the final product

    PROJECT DELIVERABLES

    1. The video should be no more than 3 minutes in length.
    2. The video should be comprehensive, inclusive and reflective of the diversity of the economic development profession.
    3. The impact should be personal and deliver a message to confirm the importance of economic development in a community.
    4. The video must align with the consortium’s standards, missions, beliefs, visions, and values
    5. The videographer will be responsible for pre-production technical advice an developing the video, setting up individual shots for best possible sound and video (including lighting and makeup), lighting and filming individual clips, directing, editing, and assembling the final product. The Steering Committee will serve as producers for the project, and will liaise with the proponent to coordinate, write and cast the production.
    6. The proponent will meet as-needed in person, phone or email to assist with the development of the video including its format and production schedule.
    7. The proponent will be responsible for setting up all aspects relating to sound and lighting for actual filming of the production.  The filming will take place either in studio or in pre-determined locations.
    8. The proponent will edit and organize the final clips and complete any other digital manipulation of the material necessary for project completion.
    9. The proponent will provide the consortium with copies of the final video in both official languages in digital format and DVD form.  The clips should be formatted in such a way to allow the Consortium to easily translate the material to another digital format in the future.
    10.  All present and future rights to the materials produced during the project will be assigned to the Consortium and reuse or reproduction of the materials for any purpose will not be permitted without the written permission of the Consortium.

     TIMELINES

    • RFP Issued December 8, 2017
    • RFP Submissions due by 4:00pm EST January 5, 2018
    • Award Contract no later than January 19, 2018.  Contract Completed by May 1, 2018

    PROPOSAL CONTENT

    Your proposal should include a demonstrated understanding of the scope and particulars of the assignment, the estimated expenses to complete the assignment, and should clearly and concisely address the following evaluation criteria:

    1. Proponent Overview (15 points)
      Provide a company profile, verification of liability insurance policy and describe the relevant experience of the proponent in projects completed of a similar scope and scale.  Also provide references (minimum of three) of projects that the proponent has done in the last three years – should include company, address, and contact person, telephone number, email and website (where possible).
    1. Understanding of Objectives/Approach (20 points)

    Provide a brief statement of understanding of the work to be done and a positive commitment to perform the work within the specified time period. 

    1. Experience and Qualifications of Key Team Members (20 points)

    Identify the Project Manager and key team members of the project team to be assigned, including those from specialized sub-consultants, and describe their individual capabilities, respective roles and availability for this project.  Resumes should be included where appropriate.

    1. Work Plan and Schedule (25 points)

    Provide a work plan and schedule, including a breakdown of the major tasks and the level of effort by individual team members in sufficient detail as to allow a complete understanding as to how and by whom the work is to be carried out.        

    1. Budget (20 points) 

    Provide a detailed budget for the project.

    SELECTION PROCESS

    An evaluation team from the Consortium will review all expressions of interest received and score the proposals in relation to criteria that are identified.  One or more proponents may be invited to attend a formal interview with the evaluation team the week of January , 2018, and/or to provide written clarification on their proposal.

    Consideration will be given to firms who can demonstrate support through partnership of the organization.

    The Consortium is not bound to accept any proposal and reserves the right to modify or revise the successful submission in discussion with the proponent following acceptance of the original proposal.

    SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL

    Please provide an electronic copy of your proposal in Word or PDF format to edco@edco.on.ca. Proposals must be received by no later than 4:00 p.m. EST on January 5, 2018. Late submissions will not be given consideration.

    ENQUIRIES

    Enquiries regarding terms, conditions and proposal process or format of response should be directed to edco@edco.on.ca no later than December 18, 2017. Responses to enquiries will be provided no later than December 22 , 2017. 

    CONFLICT OF INTEREST

    The Proponent will identify any perceived conflict of interest before the proposal is submitted to the Consortium.

    OWNERSHIP OF COLLATERAL MATERIAL

    Upon completion of project, all material collected and created will become the property of the Consortium.

  • 31 Oct 2017 3:34 PM | Kerri Schuttel (Administrator)

    ICF has named the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2018. This select group of communities, which emerged from a group of nearly 400, will now move on and remain in contention for the prestigious designation of an Intelligent Community Top7, to be named in February 2018.  One of the seven will then be named Intelligent Community of the Year at the ICF 2018 Global Summit in London in June 2018. 


    The Ontario Smart21 Communities of 2018, in alphabetical order:

    • Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    • Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
    • Pickering, Ontario, Canada
    • Sarnia-Lambton County, Ontario, Canada
    • York (Regional Municipality of), Ontario, Canada

    Click here to read the full announcement or click on the image below to watch the video announcement.


  • 27 Oct 2017 4:17 PM | Kerri Schuttel (Administrator)
     Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs  Ministère de l'Agriculture, de l'Alimentation et des Affaires rurales
    3rd Floor
    1 Stone Road West
    Guelph, Ontario N1G 4Y2
    Tel: (519) 826-4445
    Fax: (519) 826-3460
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    1 Stone Road West

    Guelph (Ontario) N1G 4Y2

    Tél.:(519) 826-4445

    Téléc.:(519) 826-3460


    Business Development Branch

    Subject: Meet with OMAFRA Investment Officers at 2018 EDCO Conference


    Dear EDCO Members,

    The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is excited to again offer, one-on-one consultation meetings at the 2018 EDCO Conference at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto.

    As in the past, Ministry staff will host one-on-one confidential meetings between Ministry, communities, and economic development professionals to discuss investment opportunities in Ontario’s food and beverage manufacturing industry.

    The OMAFRA team is scheduling 1 hour consultations, to share strategies and discuss approaches to successful investment attraction within the food and beverage manufacturing sector. Consultations will be booked in advance on a first come, first serve basis.

    Topics of discussion will include (but not limited to):

    • U.S. FDI program – Come meet and learn from the U.S. perspective what U.S. investors are looking for.  OMAFRA’s U.S. Investment Lead Consultant out of Florida will provided first-hand knowledge on U.S. food companies and approaches to FDI outreach
    • OMAFRA FDI team will share our 2018/19 program and discuss opportunities for collaboration
    • Leverage your BRE (Business Retention and Expansion) programs to incorporate FDI activity

    Don’t miss out on this chance to learn how your community can be ready to take advantage of investment opportunities in the food and beverage industry. 

    To book your meeting, or if you have questions, please feel free to contact me. 


    Yours truly,

    Bill Harvie

    Investment Attraction Consultant

    Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs 

    Phone: 519-826-4405 email: Bill.Harvie@Ontario.ca

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