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  • 16 Nov 2018 1:08 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    The Town of Fort Frances wishes to obtain proposals from a reputable consulting firm to complete a study on the re-development of the Shevlin Wood Yard and former Resolute Forest Products' nursing station (hereon referred to as Gateway to Market Square).  The project is to be conducted through consultation with local stakeholders, the economic development office and Mayor and Council.  The purpose of this study is to evaluate how the properties can be best used to maximize its economic potential.  The study will analyze the sites that are needed to attract that investment.

    View the full RFP here

    This study will involve all appropriate and relevant stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, FedNor, the Rainy River Future Development Corporation (RRFDC), and the Town of Fort Frances to develop an acceptable plan.  Sealed 5 proposals, and clearly marked shall be submitted to:

    Doug Brown, CAO
    Town of Fort Frances
    320 Portage Avenue
    Fort Frances, ON P9A 3P9

  • 02 Oct 2018 5:53 PM | Kerri Schuttel
    WASHINGTON, DC (October 02, 2018) – The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO), along with nine other economic development organizational partners from Canada and the U.S. have been selected by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a Gold Award recipient for Excellence in Economic Development. 

    The award was in the category "Innovation in Economic Development Week" for the nationwide partnership that produced a video demonstrating the importance of economic development to the fabric of a community. The video and website was launched during Economic Development Week in May 2018. 

    The honour was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 2, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held September 29 – October 3, in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

    To commemorate Economic Development Week 2018, economic development organizations from across Canada (plus IEDC) contributed time and effort into producing a short video to demonstrate the importance of economic development to the fabric of a community. The video was produced in English and French and launched during Economic Development Week. All the partners shared the video with their membership and encouraged their members to use the video to help promote awareness and education of the importance of economic development and economic developers. “The project brought together organizations that have not all collaborated in the past. This was a great example of how we can work together to share resources and expertise to the benefit all our members, stakeholders and communities.” -Heather Lalonde, Chief Executive Officer, EDCO.

    "This year our judges reviewed some extraordinary projects that advanced both communities and businesses. We congratulate all the award winners, and thank everyone who nominated their projects for sharing their success with fellow IEDC members. What we learn from each other helps us to grow and advance as a profession. We look forward to even greater participation from economic developers across the globe in the 2019 awards program.” -Craig Richard, CEcD, FM, President and CEO, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation located in Tampa, Florida, and 2018 IEDC Board Chair.

  • 04 Sep 2018 2:47 PM | Kerri Schuttel
    Through partnership with the International Economic Development Council of Ontario (IEDC), EDCO is pleased to promote the upcoming BRE training taking place in October in Toronto.

    This interactive course presents the core components of a BRE program and why the concerns of local businesses need to be actively addressed. By building an understanding of business visitation techniques and survey methods, practitioners will be able to clearly gauge their community's business climate. Learn the "red flags" that may indicate a company is looking to move elsewhere, and learn how to structure an effective technical assistance program to respond to business concerns. This course helps participants understand how a BRE program relates to attraction, workforce development, small business finance, technology transfer and many other economic development activities.

    Course Highlights:

    • Establishing, maintaining and upgrading a BRE program
      Creating effective models for business visitations and surveys
      Customer-Relationship Management (CRM) techniques
      Marketing a BRE program
      Establishing an early warning system
      Cluster and industry-focused BRE programs
      Tracking and analyzing customer feedback and response
      Quantitative and qualitative economic development metrics

    EDCO Members can view the detailed agenda and register for the training at par using the code ON18BRE.  The course meets the professional requirements for points towards CEcD certification.

  • 01 Jun 2018 12:56 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    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
  • 09 May 2018 4:11 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    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

    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:

    Heather Lalonde, CEcd, Ec.D
    Chief Executive Officer
    T: 613-931-6827

  • 13 Apr 2018 4:04 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    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     

  • 27 Mar 2018 9:26 AM | Kerri Schuttel


    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.


    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


    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.


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


    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


    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.


    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.


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


    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.


    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.


    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

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


    Enquiries regarding terms, conditions and proposal process or format of response should be directed to Heather Lalonde, CEO, EDCO at 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.



    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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


    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.


    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

    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

    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.  

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