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  • 29 Sep 2016 2:14 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    The 8th annual Municipal Agriculture Economic Development Forum is being held November 2 & 3rd. The conference is hosted by a partnership of the Town of Caledon and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Special thanks to Foodland Ontario and Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance for their partnering with this event.  

    This is an opportunity for those involved in municipal and local economic development who have agriculture and food (farming, food processing, agri-tourism, equine/agri-business sector, and agri-entrepreneurship) in their portfolio to network, share successes, experience the "tastes" and sites of Caledon. Learn more about programs targeted to the agricultural sector. Registration is now open!

    Day 1 - full day tour! Jump on the bus at the Millcroft Inn & Spa at 10am, with like-minded economic development practitioners and enjoy the Eat, Drink & Network bus tour. Enjoy a variety of local and fresh foods as part of a progressive lunch at Spirit Tree Cidery and Heatherlea Farm Store.  Learn from the business owners tell their stories from an economic developer perspective.   The last stop of the tour will enjoy a wine tasting at Adamo Estate Winery before heading back to the Millcroft Inn & Spa.  The evening will begin with an informal networking reception followed by a local food dinner.  The evening speaker will be Dana McCauley, the Executive Director of Food Starter who will speaker on Accelerating Food Entrepreneurship in Your Community.  Dana will bring along a few FoodStarter clients, who will have products available to taste and will talk about their journey from idea to product.

    Day 2 of the forum will feature speakers including Michele Harris, Executive Director, Headwaters Tourism.  Michelle, will be sharing the journey of her community identifying  the strength of the equine sector to develop and brand Caledon and surrounding area as Headwaters Horse Country, Ontario's Centre of Equine Excellence.  Forum participants will have a chance to tour the Caledon Equestrian Park, (PANAM equestrian site) with Craig Collins, one of the key people behind the facility.  Additional speakers will be presenting on: Using Planning Tools to Support Farm Viability, Resources Supporting Agriculture Economic Development and Food and Farming Economic Development Success Stories.


    • Day 1 (Nov. 2) - $80.00 (includes lunch and dinner) 
    • Day 2 (Nov. 3) - $70.00 (includes lunch and refreshment breaks) WEBEX (Day 2) - $40.00
    • 2 day package - $150.00
    To download the event agenda, click here

  • 26 Sep 2016 1:57 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is presenting its 2017 Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada from September 17 – 20, 2017. This is an opportunity to highlight success stories, lessons learned, share cutting-edge ideas, and engage your colleagues at the premier event for economic development practitioners. IEDC is seeking compelling session proposals to ensure a comprehensive program. The conference theme is “Going Global: Connect. Collaborate. Create.”

    Session proposals should address trends and topics that reflect the wide-ranging needs and interests of IEDC’s diverse membership. Concurrent sessions will be organized into five tracks:

    1. Building Local Linkages and Expanding Global Trade

    2. Cashing in on Creative Capital

    3. Nurturing the Start-up Ecosystem

    4. Regional Collaboration for Investment Promotion

    5. The Nuts and Bolts of Economic Development

    Conference Audience:

    IEDC is the world's largest membership organization serving the economic development profession. From public to private, rural to urban and local to international, our members represent the entire range of economic development experience.

    Submission Deadline: November 18, 2016 

    Download the RFSP

  • 22 Sep 2016 8:59 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    Is your community prepared to meet the Tourism Investment Dragons?

    EDCO working with the Ontario East Economic Development Commission and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, will be conducting two Tourism Investment “Meet in the Investor Dragons” events in Ottawa on December 7, 2016, and Toronto on December 16, 2016. 

    Only a limited number of communities will be able to participate per event, and meet with key real estate and tourism investor "Dragons" to pitch their prime tourism land investment opportunities.

    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. 

    To help you learn what is takes to be “Dragon” ready, it is recommended that you attend one of the following “Perfecting the Pitch Workshops”. 

    Preference will be given to participants of the workshops to attend the December 7th and 16th Tourism Investment “Meet in the Investor Dragons” events.

    For the full workshop outline and to register, please use one of the links below. 

    Space is limited, so don't delay - register now! 

    Kingston - November 2, 2016

    North Bay - November 10, 2016

    Burlington - November 15, 2016

    London - November 16, 2016

  • 20 Sep 2016 10:12 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    Rideau Heritage Route Tourism Association

    Request for Proposal

    Tourism Economic Impact and Product Feasibility Study

    Issued: Monday, September 19, 2016

    Closing, Wednesday, October 19, 2016 

    The Rideau Heritage Route Tourism Association (RHRTA) Board of Directors is seeking professional business consulting services to undertake a comprehensive tourism economic impact and product feasibility study of the Rideau Canal. 

    • Quantify economic assets, contributions, employment and government revenues from tourism businesses, municipalities and organizations along with federal and provincial agencies such as Parks Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport along the Rideau corridor. 
    • Determine the feasibility of creating a world-class paddling destination, its economic impact along with its benefits. 
    • Identify tourism investment opportunities and foreign direct leads related to the Canal and adjacent municipalities. 
    To download the full RFP, click here.

  • 15 Sep 2016 12:16 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    EDCO President John Regan recently shared his experiences of running business incubators with 

    You can read the full story below! Follow John on Twitter at @JohnreganEcDF.

    The Higher ED Blog: Advice from the trenches on running a business incubator 

  • 12 Sep 2016 11:16 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    Join EDCO’s Advanced Manufacturing Network!

    This is your opportunity to join EDCO’s Advanced Manufacturing Network.  Launched earlier this summer by several Ontario communities, this exciting initiative will allow Network members to collaborate and share vital information about the diverse manufacturing sector that contributes significantly to the overall Provincial economy. This Network focuses on research and the development of key tools and activities that will support economic developers in their business retention and expansion as well as investment attraction strategies that target the manufacturing sector.

    Built on the similar platform developed for the Food & Farming Alliance’s Agri-Food Asset Mapping Project, the Network is already well underway on its first research project – Asset Mapping for the Manufacturing Sector. The mapping, or inventorying of all the assets; tracking the supply-chains within the sub-sectors; determining the “gaps”; identifying strengths as well as synergies within the participating communities and regions – All of this research is a crucial first step and will become the platform to support the economic development activities of the participating communities/regions as well as the overall Network. 

    To date, nine communities/regions have come together to form this Network and welcome further participation from across the Province. There is a cost to participate; however, it will depend on your level of engagement in the Asset Mapping Research Project.  There is also a yearly commitment to ensure the sustainability of this research as well as future activities determined by EDCO’s Advanced Manufacturing Network.

    For more information, please contact the EDCO office at

  • 09 Sep 2016 10:05 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    RFP: Professional Services to perform a sector-based assessment and analysis, and develop a sector strategy - Invest Sault Ste. Marie

    The overall purpose of the sector-based analysis and assessment is to provide for:

    1.) Identification and assessment of key sectors with the greatest prospect of:

        a. attracting inward investment to the community
        b. increasing the export of local goods and services
        c. building on existing expertise, infrastructure and competitive strengths

    2.) An investment readiness and market assessment for the identified sectors;

    3.) A business capacity analysis for the identified sectors;

    4.) An assessment of the most effective way to promote Sault Ste. Marie in the context of the sectors; and

    5.) Recommendations for implementing a business attraction strategy including work plan.

    Submissions due: September 23, 2016 at 4 p.m.

    View the RFP here.

  • 08 Sep 2016 11:54 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    The Town of Blind River is looking for a partner community to participate in a First Impression Community Exchange (FICE) program. Blind River is a community of 3,500 located on the Trans-Canada highway on the shores of Lake Huron. Ideally the partner community would be of a similar size and also located in Northern Ontario, as we feel there may be greater similarities with, or unique opportunities for, northern communities.

    If anyone is interested in this exciting (and very useful!) program please contact:

    Betty Ann Dunbar at


    William Elliott at

  • 08 Sep 2016 8:45 AM | Kerri Schuttel

    EDCO YPN in association with Ontario East and the Ontario East Municipal Conference will be holding a EDCO Young Professionals pub night, Thursday, September 15 at  8pm at Tir Nan Og Irish Pub.  Young professionals and young professionals at heart are welcome! 

    We hope to see you there!

    Tir Nan Og Irish Pub 

    200 Ontario St

    Kingston, ON K7L 2Y9

    (613) 544-7474

  • 06 Sep 2016 1:28 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    "As part of our government’s trade and investment agenda, we are committed to support Canadian communities looking to attract job-creating foreign investment to their regions. I am therefore pleased to announce that the Invest Canada - Community Initiative (ICCI) program is accepting applications for 2017 as of today, September 6, 2016.

    ICCI provides financial support to communities for foreign direct investment initiatives and activities which create economic prosperity here at home. ICCI is one of the pillars of the Global Markets Support Program (GMSP). Other pillars of the GMSP support Canadian exporters, associations and innovators.

    Please find further application details below, and do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Let’s join forces in showcasing Canada’s advantages to international investors,".


    The Honourable Chrystia Freeland
    Minister of International Trade


    ·        As of today, September 6, 2016, the Invest Canada-Community Initiatives (ICCI) component of the Global Markets Support Program is accepting applications from Canadian communities seeking financial support for their foreign direct investment initiatives for 2017.

    ·        Applications must be submitted before 15:00 (Eastern Daylight Time), on Friday, October 14, 2016. Communities must submit the final draft of their application by the deadline to be considered for funding. Incomplete applications will be rejected. Applications submitted after the deadline will be rejected. We would like to remind you that only one submission is allowed per applicant.

    ·        Communities and organizations having submitted a funding request will be informed of the results of the adjudication process around mid-December. Should there be any delays in announcing the results, recipients will be given at least 12 months to undertake and complete their projects.


    ·        We invite you to visit our website for more information on program eligibility. 

    ·         In order to assist you with the preparation of your application, ICCI program management will be holding tutorial webinars on September 15th, 2016 in both official languages. The English tutorial will take place at 13:30 EDT. The French tutorial will take place at 10:30 EDT. We expect the tutorial to last about one hour. For more information about the webinar, please consult the ICCI website.



    ·         Please read the How to Submit an Application for Funding page from the ICCI website in order to familiarize yourself with the application process.

    ·         In order to apply for 2017 funding, you are required to register to the Partners@International Portal at the following link. Once registered, it may take up to 2 business days for you to be able to log in to your new account for the first time.

    ·         You will only be able to access the ICCI Application Form once you have (1) registered on the Portal, (2) uploaded the letter of incorporation/proof of legal status of your organisation, and (3) downloaded the PDF application form from the Partners@International Portal. The deadline to submit your application isOctober 14, 2016.

    The only way to submit an application is through the Partners@International portal. Mailed, emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.

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