EDCO Member Updates
It is our honour to recognize the following EDCO Members as our 2022 Top Ten recipients (in no specific order):
  1. Kate Burns Gallagher – Executive Director, Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus
  2. Hannah Conroy – Senior Economic Development Officer, County of Simcoe
  3. Brad Hammond – Development Officer, City of Woodstock
  4. Shelley Hirstwood – Director of Business Development, Kingston Economic Development Corporation
  5. Dan Hollingsworth – Vice President, N1Solutions
  6. Cephas Panschow – Development Commissioner, Town of Tillsonburg
  7. Norm Schleehahn – Director of Economic Development, City of Hamilton
  8. Nelson Silveira – Economic Development Officer, Town of Essex
  9. Angela Smith – Community Improvement Coordinator, Municipality of Central Huron
  10. Curtis Tighe – Manager of Development and Tourism, Town of Ingersoll

EDCO's Top Ten was a new project introduced in 2021 to celebrate members and their achievements over the past year. EDCO’s membership encompasses over 1,000 members and is Canada’s largest professional economic development association. The themes considered by our judges were leadership, dedication, innovation, and results.

Congratulations and thank you to all who applied! We are so proud of our members and their contribution to Ontario.
EDCO Awards Supplier

Do you have an artisan in your community that creates unique work that can be used to honour the winners of the EDCO Awards of Excellence?

Help EDCO spread the word and share the request for proposal.

Proposals must be submitted to Heather Lalonde at edco@edco.on.ca by September 30, 2022.
Regional networking opportunities are coming to your area!

Take advantage of these opportunities to meet peers in your region and learn about trends in economic development that are effecting your municipality.

Members $100 (+hst) Non-Members $150 (+hst)
Community Profile Project Moving Forward

EDCO and Environics Analytics are excited to confirm their partnership offer for your community profile at a great price! Thank you to the communities who have confirmed their participation, this has allowed us to move forward with this project to provide you and your communities with analytics that will make data driven decisions. There is still time for your community to take advantage of this amazing opportunity, you can still register until September 30, 2022.

Obtain better analytics to drive decision making in your community. Environics Analytics’ Community Profile leverages EA data to provide insights into the demographics, psychographics, expenditure and behavioural characteristics of small municipalities across Ontario. Through this partnership with EDCO, EA is making these community profiles available to Ontario’s small municipalities through this special offer.

If you missed the webinar you can watch the recording and learn more here

This is a limited time offer, please express your interest by completing the registration via the link below.

Register your community by September 30, 2022

*Please note that this information is an offer for exclusive use through the 2022 EDCO – EA partnership
EDCO's election takes place to fill vacancies created on the Board of Directors for a two-year term. For our 2022–2024 election, we are filling four vacancies.

Please see the Nomination Package linked below for more details about our election process and to access the nomination paperwork. Interested candidates must submit the completed paperwork no later than September 15, 2022.
We are excited to announce that our partnership with Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) is bringing you, EDCO Members, more benefits! We are thrilled to announce that through our collaborative program, My Main Street, we are providing the GooseChase digital scavenger hunt platform for FREE to groups across southern Ontario. This platform will be available through March 2023. 

This fun and interactive tool provides hosts with everything needed to engage, activate, and attract more visitors and customers to your main street or local event. Create a scavenger hunt to enhance shop local / visit local programming, as a stand-alone to bring people together while supporting your local main street! 

To get started, look for eligibility, and for the next steps, please visit the My Main Street GooseChase webpage
My Main Street
Spread the word, the My Main Street Mastermind & Webinar series are available to all businesses! If you have businesses in your network who want to make 2022 the best year yet, they should join My Main Street for an interactive online webinar that’ll teach the steps to take to grow! Register at the link below. Feel free to share this information with your network of businesses in your community.
Mastermind Session: How to Increase Online to Offline Foot Traffic

August 9, 2022 at 2:00 PM

In this webinar, you'll learn the top 4 ways to get your online followers to become in-person buyers.

Member Requests
Save the date, on November 2nd and 3rd the County of Brant is co-hosting the 14th annual 2022 Municipal Agriculture Economic Development and Planning Forum with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
This year’s theme is 'Tradition, Innovation and Regeneration'. At the forum, explore County of Brant farms and agricultural businesses that embrace technology, new crops, entrepreneurship and environmental stewardship. This is a great opportunity to learn, network and share experiences. 
Registration will be open soon, for more information visit www.brant.ca/AgriForum
News Releases
Ontario Soars at Farnborough International Airshow
Province supports $21.4 million investment by Ontario’s Cyclone Manufacturing while showcasing homegrown aerospace sector abroad.

Ontario Launches its Plan to Catch Up
After two years of pandemic disruptions, Ontario today launched its Plan to Catch Up for the 2022-23 school year. The plan, which is supported by the government’s historic investments in education, starts with students back in classrooms, on time, with the full school experience including extracurriculars like clubs, band and field trips.

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