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  • 25 Oct 2016 11:10 AM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    To read the October edition of the EDCO Exchange, click here.

  • 19 Oct 2016 10:29 AM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    Energy 2016

    Cape & Trade, Energy Efficiency, Supply Chain Opportunities and more!

    Tuesday, November 8, 2016

    8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

    Mississauga Grand 

    Reliable and cost competitive energy is critical to manufacturing and a strong economy. The Ontario energy landscape presents both challenges and opportunities for manufacturing leaders. With the launch of the Cap & Trade program in January of 2017, the business case for energy management has never been stronger! Energy 2016 will update participants on trends affecting energy cost and reliability while showcasing the latest innovations in energy management processes and technologies. 

    Participants will learn about:

    • Opportunities to improve Ontario's Competitiveness from an energy perspective
    • The latest in energy management strategies that go straight to the bottom line
    • The latest updates on Ontario's proposed Cap & Trade program and how it will impact small to medium sized companies
    • Information on CME's new SMART Green Program 
    PRICE: CME Member $99 +HST

    To register, please click here

  • 18 Oct 2016 10:53 AM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    Submissions to the EDCO Awards of Excellence are now closed. We would like to thank everyone that submitted their hard work for consideration.  

    We received over 100 submissions this year! We were impressed and encouraged by the quality of work being done around the province.

    Click here to view a gallery of just some of the submissions made this year. 

    Click here for a complete list of past EDCO Award Winners.

    See you at the EDCO Conference in February 2017! 

  • 17 Oct 2016 3:59 PM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)
    On December 7th in Ottawa, five (or more) leading development companies specializing in mixed-use, residential, commercial, retail and accommodations want to meet you and learn about your prime real estate development opportunities

    You have the opportunity to meet with senior representatives from:
    • Diamond Hotels Management Inc, 
    • Huntington Properties,    
    • Manor Park Developments, 
    • Taggart Realty Management and 
    • Windmill Development Group

    Due to the high demand for this event, preference is given to those municipalities who have participated in one of the EDCO “Perfecting the Pitch” workshops to be held in:
    Space is limited for each workshop. Register now!
  • 13 Oct 2016 11:14 AM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    Voting is now open for the 2017-2019 EDCO Board of Directors. As an EDCO member, you have the right to vote! Voting will be open until December 15, 2016. 

    If you are an EDCO member, you received an email on October 13 with login details to vote for the 2017-2019 EDCO Board. Please check your inbox and junk folder for this email! 

    When you login, you will see nine potential directors. Please vote for the four directors you would like to represent you on the EDCO board. 

    If you have issues logging into eBallot, or if you have any other questions, please email Brittany Bruce at

  • 13 Oct 2016 10:04 AM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    The University of Waterloo is happy to announce that on January 1, 2017 the Local Economic Development graduate program will be relaunched as the Master of Economic Development & Innovation (MEDI). The program has been revised and refreshed to better reflect contemporary trends in theory and the profession. We are excited to educate the next generation of economic development leaders and professionals as they address the challenges and opportunities faced by cities and communities across Canada and internationally. More information on the MEDI program can be found here.

    We encourage you to collaborate with the MEDI program in the following ways:

    Spread the word about our program. If you know of anyone who would benefit from an education in the Economic Development field, encourage them to consider the University of Waterloo.

    Think of our MEDI students when hiring interns or undertaking research projects within your organization. The MEDI program is committed to providing it’s students with an experiential education, which would not be possible without our partnerships

    Lastly, please mark your calendar for a LED Alumni and networking event on Wednesday, November 30th in Toronto.

  • 11 Oct 2016 12:57 PM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)
    Awards Deadline Extended to October 17!

    The EDCO Awards of Excellence submission deadline has been extended to Monday,October 17, 2016! Don't miss your chance to be recognized for your economic development achievements. Apply today!

    To learn more about the Awards, click here

    If you are ready to submit your entry, click here

    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

    Click here for your hard copy submission checklist! 

    Finalists will be notified ahead of time, and winners will be awards at the President's Dinner on February 9, 2017 at EDCO's Annual Conference and Showcase

  • 06 Oct 2016 3:03 PM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    fDi Intelligence, part of the Financial Times, is currently running its American Cities of the Future 2017/18 ranking. You can visit their dedicated website where you will find more information about what they do. 

    The ranking seeks to find the most promising cities for foreign investors, from a select list of locations they have devised, based on FDI attraction data from fDi Markets. The awards are completely free of charge to enter, there will be no cost to you. Results of the awards will be published in fDi Magazine in April 2017.

    They have selected Ontario for the ranking, and are extremely keen to receive a submission for the FDI Strategy category of the ranking. Click here for a Word document version of the survey which will need to be completed for this category and emailed back to or 

    You can also find this survey online. Their deadline for entries is Friday 16th December 2016, however, extensions are available on request.        

    The ranking is free to enter, and provides an excellent opportunity for your city to showcase its foreign direct investment capabilities and strategies. To learn more about the benefits of included in the fDi ratings, click here.

    Should you have any queries, please contact Ellen Shannon at

  • 05 Oct 2016 4:33 PM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    Hot off the presses - the new Professional Development Catalog for IEDC Training Courses. See 2016 - 2017 Professional Development training course topics, speakers and locations.

    Have you completed your requirements to be a Certified Economic Developer? Expand your knowledge and gain practical skills in the profession. Here's your opportunity to move your career to the next level. Take a look at all the great training courses coming up - sign up early to experience savings.  

    Access your electronic copy of IEDC's PD Catalog now! 

  • 03 Oct 2016 10:58 AM | EDCO Administrator (Administrator)

    EDCO is pleased to offer an annual scholarship opportunity to members through the professional development committee. 

    Scholarship recipients can receive up to $1,500 to use towards training to assist with achieving or maintaining their professional designation (Ec.D or CEcD.) 

    Applications will be accepted October 1, 2016 - November 11, 2016 and will be awarded at the 2017 EDCO Conference in Toronto on February 7-9, 2017. 

    2017 Application (completed via SurveyMonkey)

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