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  • 08 Oct 2019 9:53 AM | Deleted user

    October 8, 2019 - The EDCO Awards of Excellence program underwent an overhaul and will allow economic developers to leverage recognition beyond the EDCO stage in Toronto - in their local communities and municipalities.  

    With the recent changes, EDCO has received several inquiries about what category to apply to.  The list below demonstrates the kinds of economic development initiatives that are best suited for each of the new categories.  You may recognize some of the projects as the list is made up of examples from last year's awards finalists:

    Investment Attraction

    Community Economic Development

    Building Initiatives

    Planning and Strategic Development

    Tourist Attraction & Tourism Product Development

    Workforce Development & Resident Attraction

    Applicants are encouraged to choose the category they feel is most suitable.  During the adjudication process, if the judges feel the initiative will score better in another category, it will be moved for the best chance of winning the category.

    Communities and organizations from around the province are encouraged to take a few minutes to submit an application before the deadline on October 18, 2019 at   

    For more information or for assistance in completing the application, email

  • 04 Jan 2019 1:59 PM | Deleted user

    IEDC - Save the date! The 2019 Economic Development Week (EDW) is kicking off from May 6-11, 2019. Now in its fourth year, #EconDevWeek promotes awareness of local economic development programs that generate jobs, advance career development opportunities, and create vibrant communities. Since launching in 2016, Economic Development Week has buzz across the country, generating hundreds of news stories, blog entries, videos, and events around the world.

    New to Economic Development Week?

    Don't worry if you didn't participate last year - you'll be creating memories this year that will continue on after the festivities. Looking for ideas on how your community can celebrate? IEDC will be highlighting campaigns from across the economic development profession. Just follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Linkedin, and use the hashtag #EconDevWeek to tell us how your EDO is marking the occasion!

    Lookout for the 2019 #EconDevWeek Toolkit
    Keep an eye out for the IEDC's 2019 #EconDevWeek Toolkit in the New Year, and get an early start planning your campaign!

    The toolkit includes resources that your EDO can build from such as:

    - Special ways to engage your elected officials
    - A press release template
    - Electronic and print advertising templates
    - City, county, and state resolutions templates
    - Social media marketing sample promotional messaging
    - Social media content matrix for easier message compilation and sharing
    - Event ideas
    - #EconDevWeek Excellence in Economic Development Week Awards details

  • 11 Dec 2018 9:04 PM | Deleted user

    This workshop is specially designed to provide an overview of economic development from a community perspective. The session will provide a focus on the roles of Councillors and Staff, the importance of economic development strategy, linkages with other functions of the municipality and examples of performance measures.

    Who should attend?

    This workshop is a great training opportunity for new Councillors (or for citizens appointed to economic development committees or boards).  It also serves as a refresher for those returning to their previous Council positions.

    Topics covered in the workshop include:

    • Role of elected officials, committees and municipal staff
    • What is economic development?
    • Delivery options for economic development services
    • Importance of economic development strategy and performance measures


    David Cash, BES, RPP, CEcD, is a Past President of EDCO and has over 35 years experience in the Ontario municipal sector in various roles including Economic Development Officer, Planning Commissioner and CAO.

    He is the President of Cash & Associates Inc., a management consulting company, which provides professional advice and consulting services in the fields of economic development, site location studies, urban planning policy and organizational/service delivery review.

    Date:           Tuesday, January 29, 2019

    Time:          12:30 - 4 pm, working lunch provided

    Location:    Main Theatre, Ontario Investment and Trade Centre

                              250  Yonge Street, 35th Floor, Toronto, ON

    Cost:           $150 plus HST per person

    How to Register:
    Register online at
    If you have any questions regarding registration, contact:
    Kerri Schuttel, Research and Marketing Coordinator, EDCO
    By phone: 519-377-4462    By email:

    This training event is a pre-conference seminar for the 62nd Annual EDCO Conference. Elected Officials are eligible for Member discounted rates to attend. For more information, visit

    Alternatively, host a local training in your own community or region.  Review the flyer for more information and contact Heather Lalonde, CEO, EDCO for more information.

  • 16 Nov 2018 1:08 PM | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user
    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 | Deleted user
    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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     

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