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  • 12 Nov 2015 1:08 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    Wellington County Warden Elected Chair of Western Ontario Economic Development Strategy

    Wellington County - The Chair of the Western Ontario Warden’s Caucus (WOWC), Mayor Randy Hope of Chatham-Kent, is happy to announce that Wellington County Warden George Bridge has been elected as the Chair of the Warden’s Caucus Economic Development Committee. The committee was established to fill the void left by the dissolution of the South Western Economic Alliance (SWEA).

    “Warden Bridge is an excellent choice,” says Mayor Hope. “His background in the financial industry and his current responsibilities in the economic development of Wellington County will provide focus and leadership for this new initiative.”

    Among the committee’s first priorities will be the development of a Southwestern Ontario Economic Development Strategy. The committee will begin the process by advising the Premier of Ontario and appropriate provincial ministries of the intention of the Warden’s Caucus to approach the Mayors of the Separated Cities (Guelph, Brantford, Stratford, London, St. Mary’s, St. Thomas, Barrie, Orillia, Windsor) and the Chair of the Region of Waterloo, in order to formulate an economic alliance partnership.

    Early in the New Year, the mayors will be invited to attend a WOWC meeting to discuss items of shared interest and consider a rural/urban Caucus structure that will allow for collaborative partnerships in infrastructure renewal, financial and technological opportunites, and addressing regulatory challenges. The final stage will be to define and develop a Southwestern Ontario Economic Development Strategy.

    “I am honoured to have been chosen to lead this important committee,” says Warden George Bridge. “I look forward to the process, meeting with all of the Mayors and helping return economic prosperity to Southwestern Ontario.

  • 28 Oct 2015 3:06 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    As part of the Ontario Government’s implementation of the Partnerships for Jobs and Growth Act, the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (MEDEI) is now consulting on draft Cluster Guidelines from October 26 until November 9

    These draft guidelines explain how to work with the Government on Cluster Plans under the Act.

    As an important player in driving economic competitiveness in Ontario, We believe you may have an interest in commenting on the guidelines.

    ·       Please review the Cluster Guidelines, and fill out a brief ten question survey providing us feedback on your perspective on developing Cluster Plans with the Government of Ontario.

    ·        If you are looking for more information, join the webinar to learn more about the draft guidelines and the opportunity to ask questions. (See below for details on signing up.) 

    IMPORTANT DATES

    ·         Oct 26: beginning of the draft Cluster Guidelines consultation period.

    ·         Nov 2-4: webinars to present the draft Guidelines and answer any questions.

    • Sessions are limited to 20 participants at a time, and will be booked on a first come, first serve basis. (Additional webinars may be scheduled if there is sufficient participant interest.) 
    • Initial scheduled webinar times:
      • Monday, November 2 – 1:00-2:00pm
      • Tuesday, November 3 – 1:00-2:00pm
      • Wednesday, November 4 – 1:30-2:30pm
    • To register for a session please contact us at Clusters@ontario.ca with “Cluster Guidelines webinar” in the subject line.

    ·        Nov 9: deadline for feedback – link to survey 

    If you have any comments or questions regarding the consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us at Clusters@ontario.ca.


  • 27 Oct 2015 4:11 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) is seeking a qualified consultant to provide professional services in the form of creating, coordinating and producing an enhanced PowerPoint presentation for the 2015 EDCO Marketing Awards ceremony to be held on February 4, 2016.

    Qualified consultants are encouraged to submit a proposal before Friday, November 13, 2015 end of day.

    View RFP

  • 27 Sep 2015 11:31 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) plans to hold a one and a half day spring meeting that will be attended by 75-100 economic development professionals from both the public and private sector.  The program will allow members to learn and share information on current issues and programs that affect the profession.  In addition to the formal program there will be one reception held. 

    The success of the Spring Meeting depends on the programming, location and venue.  When selecting the spring meeting’s venue, availability of bedrooms at a reasonable room rate, and meeting rooms, accessibility of transportation from airport and train stations will be considered.  All requirements are outlined in this request for proposal (RFP).

    EDCO will promote this venue and event with a major announcement at the 2016 Annual Conference and Showcase to be held February 2-4, 2016.

  • 27 Sep 2015 11:27 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    What’s New for Celebrate Ontario 2016?

    The Tourism Event Marketing Program is merging with the Celebrate Ontario program to streamline the application process for festivals and events. New and existing events may now apply for marketing funding through the Celebrate Ontario 2016 program. The newly combined program will continue to strengthen Ontario’s tourism offerings through closely aligned and focused programming and marketing support.

    Applicants are encouraged to better understand their obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The AODA makes it possible for people of all abilities to be a part of their communities every day. The Government of Ontario has published a Guide to Accessible Festivals & Outdoor Events for organizers of festivals and outdoor events to improve accessibility and to better understand their obligations under the AODA. Expenses related to improved accessibility and services are eligible under the 2016 Celebrate Ontario program. Next year, the Celebrate Ontario 2017 program will consider how applicants have met their obligations under the AODA as part of the scoring criteria.

    Applicants are invited to consider Canada’s 150th in their planning. For events occurring between January 1, 2017 and March 31, 2017, organizers might consider an enhancement activity that celebrates or commemorates Canada’s 150th ─ the anniversary of Canada’s Constitution Act, 1867, which established the Confederation of Canada ─ in planning their events.

    The deadline to submit your Celebrate Ontario 2016 application is November 4, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) via the Grants Ontario System.

    For more information including the new Ontario Blockbuster 2016 streams, and how to apply, please visit the program website

  • 27 Sep 2015 11:26 PM | Kerri Schuttel

    The EDCO Awards Committee has added a new flash of innovation to the award categories this year. We are pleased to announce 2 brand new awards to be presented at the 2016 President’s Awards Banquet on February 4th in Toronto, Ontario.

    The first award is the Digital Influencer of the Year. This award reflects the growing importance of social media in business and economic development. Nominations should be made for individuals who have influenced and contributed to the profession of economic development through the use of social media tools such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or other similar tools. These submissions will be judged on their overall contributions and the significance of their impact on their peers, their community and the industry overall.

    The Innovative Community Award is sure to break some ground as the second new award, and the first award if it’s kind. This award will be presented to a community who has embraced innovation to significantly impact their community. It may be a specific project or a series of events, or a collaboration of many smaller projects, but in the end the community and its people are better off because of the initiative. These submissions will be made in video format and judged by the members of EDCO. The winning submission will be recognized at the banquet as well as asked to present at the 2017 Conference. 

    All Ontario communities are encouraged to make submissions for the EDCO Awards of Excellence. Winners will be recognized for their efforts and seen as leaders in the industry. All submissions receive professional feedback from our panel of expert judges. The awards submission website will open September 14, 2015. The EDCO Awards of Excellence has a menu of opportunities for submission in many different disciplines of economic development including marketing, product development, technology and much more.  For more details on the awards and submission process visit the Awards Page.

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