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  • 31 Oct 2017 3:34 PM | Brittany Bruce (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 | Brittany Bruce (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
     3  e étage

    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

  • 25 Oct 2017 3:41 PM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)


    Register for #EDCO2018 and take advantage of the 

    incredible Early Bird rates for members!

    That wait is over! Registration is now open for EDCO's 61st Annual EDCO 

    Conference and Showcase — Mission Possible: Agents of Change — 

    taking place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, February 5-7, 2018. 

    Escape from the office and go undercover in a place where you can imagine, create and discuss issues facing economic developers with some of the most imaginative and strategic minds in the industry.  Join us at #EDCO2018 and decode the secrets to your community's economic growth!

    You told us what your hot topics are and we've listened. The program has been designed to reflect these topics in keynote presentations, highly practical and interactive workshops and round tables, and a new and exciting iPoliticsLIVEjournalism event.

     

    But, there's more…

    • Join our cutting-edge vendors and leading innovators on our expanded Showcase floor!
    • Connect with colleagues at the many fun filled networking events, including the opening reception and Taste On Reception.

    Register today and take advantage of the early-bird rates for EDCO members until January 19, 2018! Book your room at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotelearly to avoid disappointment.



    Get ready to be an Agent of Change for your community!


    Find out more...

    For information on partnership opportunities, please visit the EDCO Conference website or contact Marie-Claude Bureau, by email /
    (819) 230-5565.

    For information on your registration, please also contact Marie-Claude Bureau.

     

    Join the conversation for #EDCO2018 on Twitter at @edco1edco and on Facebook at edco1edco! 

  • 25 Oct 2017 1:24 PM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    The City of Orillia has heard from several local business owners recently with concerns around the availability and delivery of affordable, reliable high speed/broadband internet. City staff have communicated concerns to our main local service providers (Rogers & Bell) which has led to some limited success. However, the City is also exploring the role of the municipality moving forward, in helping to ensure broadband internet for business. We are looking for examples and/or approaches where municipalities have taken a more active role in providing and/or facilitating broadband internet in the community, along with information on process and potential costs.

    Please contact Dan Landry at dlandry@orillia.ca

    Thanks in advance.

  • 24 Oct 2017 2:50 PM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    We received over 115 submissions to the EDCO Awards of Excellence this year! We were impressed and encouraged by the quality of work being done around the province.

    The finalists will be notified in November. The winners will be announced at the 61st Annual President's Dinner and Awards Ceremony on February 7, 2017 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. Stay tuned for more information on purchasing tickets!

    Click here to view this year's submission gallery.

    For a full list of past EDCO Award winners, click here.

  • 23 Oct 2017 9:22 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    The Economic Developers Council of Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, will be hosting the fourth annual Tourism Investment “Meet in the Investor Dragons” event in Toronto.

    Date: November 23, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  

    Location: Ontario Investment and Trade Centre (OITC), 250 Yonge St, 35 floor, (Toronto Eaton Centre).  

    Confirmed Investment Dragons include: 

    • CBRE Limited 
    • CFO Capital 
    • Dipolia Real Estate 
    • Fram Developments
    • Holloway Lodging
    • LJM Developments 
    • Masterbuilt Hotels
    • Red Roof Inns
    • TBD
    • TBD

    The “Dragons” are interested in commercial land sites consisting of waterfront parcels, parking lots, agricultural plots, parklands, vacant buildings, or local historical assets in need of new investment.  These sites could be repurposed for Accommodations, Attractions, Entertainment, Food and Culinary, Land Space to Host Major Events, Retail and Travel-Related Operations.  

    You have the choice of a morning or afternoon session. 

    Unfortunately, space is limited to only 20 communities. No more than three people per community will be able to attend the event.

    Cost per person to register is $60 + HST which includes lunch and the opportunity to get private face-time with investors / developers and influencers of potential new builds in your region.    

    New tourism investment is coming to Ontario.  This is your opportunity to showcase your region to Investors interested in meeting you, and learning of what you have to offer. 

    Register now!

  • 18 Oct 2017 9:16 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)

    ECONOMIC DEVELOPERS COUNCIL OF ONTARIO (EDCO)/ EDCO INVESTMENT ALLIANCE

    REQUEST FOR QUOTATION

    Lead Generation Services for EDCO Investment Alliance

    Services Required

    The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) on behalf of the EDCO Investment Alliance is seeking a qualified consultant/company to perform lead generation services on behalf of the Investment Alliance.

    Download the RFQ.


  • 16 Oct 2017 8:53 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)
    EDCO Awards deadline has been extended - again!
       
    Has your Amazon bid been monopolizing all of your time? 

    We know you're busy! So, to give you more time to submit your great project to the EDCO Awards of Excellence, we are extending the deadline for submissions to October 20, 2017

    Don't miss your chance to be recognized for your economic development achievements. Apply today!
     
    What you need to know:
    • This year's Award Packet has been updated
    • All submissions receive a Scoring Card as feedback - NEW
    • Cost per submission is $75 (+HST) for EDCO members & $125 (+HST) for non-members
    • Award submissions must include a promo image 
    • All submissions are highlighted on the EDCO website
    Have you already submitted your entry? Don't forget to mail us your hard copies! 

    Promotional Awards - 1 hard copy
    Collaboration and Partnership Awards - 1 hard copy
    Planning and Building Initiatives Awards - 3 hard copies


    Finalists will be notified ahead of time, and winners will be announced at the President's Dinner on February 7, 2018 at EDCO's Annual Conference and Showcase . 

  • 13 Oct 2017 10:33 AM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)



    Registration Fee: $60 +HST

    Kingston - November 16, 2017
    London - November 22, 2017
    Durham Region - November 27, 2017


    In partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, we are pleased to announce three new workshops across Ontario this November! "Measuring Up! Performance Measurement Resources for Economic Development" will be a full day session designed to give you hands on experience in applying performance measurement to your day-to-day work. 

    What to expect:

    • Full day Performance Measurement training
    • Use the resource that can help you improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your economic development investment.
    • The training will provide a seamless, step-by-step approach to understanding, designing, communicating and measuring the performance of economic development activities.  
    • Participants will have the opportunity to apply skills with activities using the Measuring Up Guidebook. 

    NB: Attendance by registration only

    Lunch will be provided.

    Agenda:

    9:00 

    Registration

    9:30 

    Introductions Test your Knowledge Performance Measurement: An Overview The Changing Face of Economic Development 

    10:30 

    Health Break* 

    10:45 

    Putting Performance Measurement into Action 

    12:00 

    Lunch and Networking 

    12:30 

    Develop the Performance Measurement Framework 

    2:15 

    Health Break* 

    2:30 

    Case Studies 

    3:30 

    Check your Learning and Evaluation 

    4:00 

    Closing 

    *Please note, only lunch will be served during the workshop.

    The Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) has accredited this course and will award 4 points toward Ec.D. Certification.

      

    Please use one of the links below to register!

    Kingston - November 16, 2017

    London - November 22, 2017

    Durham Region - November 27, 2017

  • 10 Oct 2017 3:33 PM | Brittany Bruce (Administrator)



    Submissions to the EDCO Awards of Excellence submission deadline are due this Friday, October 13, 2017 by 5pm.

    Don't miss your chance to be recognized for your economic development achievements. Apply today!
     
    To learn more about the Awards including this year's categories, click hereIf you are ready to submit your entry, click here

    What you need to know:
    • This year's Award Packet has been updated
    • All submissions receive a Scoring Card as feedback - NEW
    • Cost per submission is $75 (+HST) for EDCO members & $125 (+HST) for non-members
    • Award submissions must include a promo image 
    • All submissions are highlighted on the EDCO website
    Have you already submitted your entry? Don't forget to mail us your hard copies! 

    Promotional Awards - 1 hard copy
    Collaboration and Partnership Awards - 1 hard copy
    Planning and Building Initiatives Awards - 3 hard copies


    Finalists will be notified ahead of time, and winners will be announced at the President's Dinner on February 7, 2018 at EDCO's Annual Conference and Showcase
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