Central Elgin: Elgin County has been recognized with three bronze awards
from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for its ElginLicious
Marketing Tour, Elgin Heritage Guide and Elgin Business Resource Centre (EBRC) Satellite
Office Pilot Project.
IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world's best economic
development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and leaders. The awards
honour organizations and individuals for their efforts at creating positive change
in their communities. This year's winners including Elgin County were recognized
at IEDC's Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA.
"The goal of economic development is to create an environment that is conducive
to growth and to raise Elgin County's profile regionally, nationally and internationally,"
said Elgin County Warden Cameron McWilliam. "To be recognized among the best is
an honour and a testament to the work that is being done to advance Elgin's economy."
The ElginLicious Marketing Tour offered residents and visitors an opportunity to
enjoy the area's restaurants, wineries, specialty food shops and agri-tourism destinations
at three great price points with the ultimate goal of extending the tourism season
into late October. The Elgin Heritage Guide is an attractive lure brochure designed
to attract heritage enthusiasts and tourists to Elgin with the goal of increasing
revenue for tourism businesses in the County. The EBRC Satellite Office Pilot Project
was a partnership between Elgin County and the EBRC to bring business support services
to an Elgin location. In its first year of operation the office assisted in the
creation of 14 new businesses and 39 jobs and as a result of this success, the project
was extended for an additional three years.
These three awards follow an award at IEDC's 2012 Annual Conference for the Elgin
Arts Trail Discovery Guide.