There are many ways to get involved with EDCO and to contribute to the overall success of the council. All members are encouraged to take an active role in the future of the economic development profession by becoming more engaged.
Join a Committee! EDCO has 5 active committees that welcome the participation of members.
Awards Committee: Oversees the EDCO Awards of Excellence program. This committee works closely with EDCO staff to ensure awards categories are maintained and current with the profession. The online entry and judging system is operated by an independent firm . Also under this committee falls the Influencer Awards (Young Influencer, Community Influencer, Digital Influencer). Ordering of winners awards and creation of Honourable Mention Certificates as well as creation of the multimedia presentation also are part of the program. The committee ramps up early spring and finishes after the conference.
Conference Committee: The Conference Committee oversees the creation of the EDCO Annual Conference and Showcase. Working closely with the Conference Coordinators and EDCO staff, the conference theme and program is developed during the year. This is a year round commitment with monthly teleconference meetings that are frequent during the last month prior to the conference. This committee is also involved in fundraising for the event, promotion of the event, recruiting presenter and speakers.
Professional Development Committee: The Professional Development Committee works throughout the year to develop relevant training programs for members, in most cases with partners. The EDCO Spring Symposium and Fall Webinar Series also falls under this committee.
Stakeholder Relations Committee: New to EDCO, the Stakeholder Relations Committee will work to create strategic partnerships to move the organization forward. Now encompasses the former Membership Committee, responsible for members recruitment and retention through the development of programs that address both areas.
Young Professionals Network Committee - Another new committee that aims to engage young and emerging professionals through networking, learning and mentoring opportunities like the EDCO-YPN Mentorship Program. The YPN is a platform to share experiences and ask about career growth and development.
If you are interested in volunteering on a committee, please contact us!