VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/03/13 -- The Economic Development Association of BC (EDABC) and Platinum Sponsor BC Hydro announced the winners of the 2013 BC Economic Development Awards at the BC Economic Summit Awards Banquet held Tuesday, June 24, in Vancouver, BC.
This year's award winners are (detailed descriptions follow):
1) Marketing Award: The EDABC Marketing Award recognizes achievement in marketing that supports economic development: Community Less than 20,000 Population: Misty Isles Economic Development. "Haida Gwaii Business to Business" Community More than 20,000 Population: Economic Development Cowichan - "Once Upon A Day... Cowichan"2) Community Project: The EDABC Community Project Awards recognizes an organization that has implemented various economic development initiatives that provide economic benefits to a community or region. Less than 20,000 Population: District of Logan Lake, "Tax Exemption Revitalization Program" More than 20,000 Population: Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission, Business Walks Project3) EDABC Chairman's Award: Pat Bell, Previous Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
"BC Hydro is committed to fostering economic growth across the province, and so we are particularly proud to recognize these community leaders who inspire with the determination and innovation they demonstrate as they build strong local economies," said Chris Heminsley, BC Hydro, Director of Economic Development. "BC Hydro is also pleased to be a partner with EDABC in celebrating the nominees, who have all made unique efforts within their communities while emphasizing the value of forming strong partnerships towards economic development."
"While effective economic development is a shared function of all levels of government, it is most effectively implemented at the local level," said EDABC Chair Geoff Millar. He added, "Communities across the province continue to make significant investments in the development of their economies and are increasingly aware that economic development programs are one of the main engines of economic growth and diversification."
This marks the 23nd year that EDABC has presented these awards. The awards are presented to association members working on community-based economic development projects in BC and are an excellent way to recognize individuals and groups that produce outstanding work in economic development that has helped to make a difference in supporting and expanding local economies.
"It continues to amaze me the incredible efforts put forward by communities and economic development professionals to ensure strong local economies. This awards program continues to generate keen interest amongst economic developers across the province and this year set a record for the number of entries received," said Dale Wheeldon, President and CEO, EDABC. "During this past year I have been fortunate to visit every region of the Province and it is clear to me that many communities are implementing creative and bold strategies to encourage economic growth. Narrowing it down to a few winners is becoming increasingly difficult for our judges. Combined, communities in BC invest $65 million in retaining and expanding local economies and in promoting tourism."