EDCO Exchange
February 2018
Hot Button Issues Article Roundup
In this issue, we have sourced information in response to some of the Hot Button Topics presented at the #EDCO2018 conference:

1. 10 Innovative Ways to Attract Millennials to Your City CitiesSpeak

2. Partnering for a Better Future for Ontario Ontario's Universities

3. Canada's economy expected to grow by 2.3% in 2018 Financial Post

4. Canada signs Joint Statement on Science, Technology and     Innovation with Switzerland Newswire

5. Site selection: are you prepared to answer the 10 Questions To Ask The City Economic Development Director When Developing Property for your area? Forbes

6. Facebook Takes On LinkedIn And Glassdoor, Expanding Its Job-Posting Tool To 40 Countries Forbes

It's time to renew your EDCO Membership
We appreciate your contribution to the largest economic development organization in the province and hope you continue to recognize the value of your membership with EDCO. Membership renewals for 2018 have been sent via email to bundle administrators and individual members.  If you did not receive an email and want to inquire on your membership status, contact Kerri at grow@edco.on.ca.  

Membership comes with benefits:
  • Scholarship program
  • Young Professionals Network including Mentorship Program
  • Training at reduced rates, including annual conference
  • Supporting committees
  • Discounts on travel
  • Discounts for Constant Contact
  • Economic development library of resources
  • Reduced rates for job postings at www.edco.on.ca
  • Marketing support for RFPs, upcoming events, etc.
  • And more...
We want to help you reach your full potential as a professional in economic development. Become a member today!

Province Presents First-Ever Rural Ontario Leaders Awards

Congratulations to the Rural Ontario Leaders Award Recipients recognized at the Ontario Rural Summit
  • Dr. Gezahgn Wordofa of Stratford, who is the founder and director of the Multicultural Association of Perth-Huron. Since 2012, the association has helped to welcome and settle new residents and immigrants to the community by providing referrals for community and government services, such as healthcare, housing, education and legal and translation services.
  • Grant Sparling of Blyth, who is the vice-president and general manager of Cowbell Brewing Company, which is a successful craft brewery with a rural-first mandate that prioritizes local and community economic development.
  • Freshwater Cuisine, which is a Kenora-based company devoted to the development and marketing of innovative freshwater fish products.
  • Eabametoong First Nation, which has turned a small community garden into Fort Hope Farm, a seven-acre farm that creates jobs and provides fresh, healthy food to the community, while blending traditional knowledge and conventional agricultural practices. 
  • The HUB (operated by the non-profit organization, New Vision Unlimited), which is a co-working centre that supports entrepreneurship and social innovation in the Muskoka community.

Upcoming Events
March 15, 2018

April 8-10, 2018
A ttention Rural Economic Developers!
Ontario resorts are often the largest employers in most rural communities and lifeblood of many destination regions.  Resorts of Ontario is hosting their annual conference at Deerhurst Resort, April 8-10, 2018.
The conference theme is "Reimagine...Mapping your Success" which speaks to sustainability and growing the resort industry in Ontario.   Back for a second year is key note speaker - Roger Brooks who will talk about marketing your community which if effective, can lead to many types of new investment.  

For a full listing of the conference program including other dynamic speakers, please visit:  http://www.resortsofontario.com/sconf/index.htm
May 6-11, 2018

May 7-12, 2018

Employment Opportunities
Town of Parry Sound
Closing March 6, 2018

Municipality of North Grenville
Closing March 7, 2018

Economic Development Coordinator
Township of Mapleton
Closing March 9, 2018

North Bay
Closing March 9, 2018

Ontario Ministry of International Trade
Closing March 14, 2018

Senior Economic Officer, Beijing
Ontario Ministry of International Trade 
Closing March 14, 2018

County of Huron
Closing March 23, 2018 

Contact EDCO to post your employment opportunities