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2013 Economic Developers Alberta Awards of Excellence

Economic Developers Alberta presents their Awards of Excellence each year to honour Alberta communities and individuals for excellence in business attraction, retention, expansion and marketing. Their 2013 awards were presented at their Annual Professional Conference & AGM in Kananaskis on April 11.

Congratulations to all of the winners:

-The Outstanding Young Professional Award was presented to Mr. Jordan Rumohr, Manager of Industrial Development, Strathcona County.

-The association’s most prestigious honour, the Economic Developer of the Year Award, was presented to Ms. Bev Thornton, Executive Director, Alberta SouthWest Regional Alliance. The award recognizes a member’s significant contribution to economic development in Alberta.

-The Alex Metcalfe Awards acknowledge individuals or agencies for excellence in economic development relating to the attraction, expansion or retention of business in Alberta. The 2013 Alex Metcalfe Awards went to: 
Calgary Economic Development (Large Community category) for its Ireland-Scotland Labour Attraction Mission 
Alberta SouthWest Regional Alliance (Medium Community category) for the Alberta SouthWest Regional Business License Program

-The President’s Award recognizes an individual in the association that has made a significant contribution to the organization. This year’s award was presented to Ms. Deana Haley, Calgary Economic Development.

The Marketing Alberta Awards showcase outstanding marketing initiatives that support economic development. This year, 19 awards were presented to:

(Large Community) – Calgary Regional Partnership,
(Medium Community) - City of Leduc,
(Small Community) - Woodlands County.

Special Events, Programs or Campaigns:
(Large Community) - Strathcona County, Savour Strathcona County
(Medium Community) - Town of High River. “High River - Home of Heartland” Street Party Launch
(Small Community) - Town of Bon Accord, Summer Skies Equinox

Creative Innovations – Video:
(Large Community) - Central Alberta: Access Prosperity, Access Prosperity Animated Promotional Videos
(Medium Community) - Rocky View County, The Rocky View Advantage
(Small Community) - Town of Vegreville, Why Vegreville?

(Large Community) - Calgary Economic Development, Energy Sector Profile
(Medium Community) - Town of Okotoks, Okotoks Visitor Guide
(Small Community) - Town of Vermilion, New Business Development Incentive Program

Advertising (print or electronic):
(Large Community) - Calgary Economic Development, Advertorial with Inbound Logistics Magazine

Creative Innovation - Promotional Item or Giveaway:
(Large Community) - Calgary Economic Development, Advertorial Newspaper Wrap for CAPP Symposium
(Small Community) - Town of Vermilion, Vermilion's Map & Business Guide

Social Media in a Marketing Campaign:
(Small Community) – Woodlands County, Alberta Community Icons

Branding-Destination Marketing:
(Large Community) - Calgary Economic Development, Calgary “Be Part of the Energy” Marketing Campaign
Medium Community) - City of Fort Saskatchewan, Downtown Branding & Wayfinding Project
(Small Community) - Town of Vermilion, New Ideas for Living!

Economic Developers Alberta is Alberta’s economic development network dedicated to advancing the economic development profession in the province of Alberta by providing an active network of communications, information and education. It is a not-for-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors, who represent the interests of its membership as a whole.  

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