City named finalist in two categories of Ontario Economic Developers Council’s Awards of Excellence

The City of Owen Sound was named a finalist in two categories of Excellence Awards from the Ontario Council of Economic Developers. The EDCO Awards of Excellence are a well-established program that recognizes outstanding economic development initiatives and individuals in the province of Ontario.

The River District Action Plan, a collaborative marketing, branding and action strategy between the City of Owen Sound and the River District Management Board, is a finalist in the “Planning and Strategic Development (Rural)” category “.

The River District (formerly Downtown) action plan was developed in partnership with the River District Management Board (formerly DIA) and in consultation with businesses, residents and visitors to the River District. The three-year Branding and Marketing Action Plan has been developed to create a refined brand identity and strategy with clear actions and goals that will serve as an excellent revitalization tool for the city core.

The City’s Work from Home Capital of Canada © initiative was named a finalist in the “Workforce Development and Resident Attraction (Rural)” category.

The Work from Home Capital of Canada © initiative was created to capitalize on the desire and ability of people to work from home on a more permanent basis during the global pandemic. The six-week campaign was built on the foundation of the City’s “Are You the Most” campaign? (2018 EDCO Innovative Community Award) and aimed to separate Owen Sound from similar municipalities seeking to attract the same demographic by creating an inspiring campaign that stands out as unique.

A thriving city and a collaborative city are both identified as council priorities in the 2021 Strategic Plan update. The River District Action Plan and Work from Home Capital of Canada © initiatives have each played a critical role. to support existing businesses, new start-ups and work to engage young people, entrepreneurs, innovators and creative citizens to facilitate economic growth throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

A panel of professionals from the fields of economic development, marketing, advertising and tourism judge the nominations, narrowing the nominees in each category to a list of finalists. The winners of the 2022 EDCO Awards of Excellence will be announced at the President’s Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, February 10, 2022.

For more information, please contact Brent Fisher, Director of Community Development and Marketing at 519-376-4440 ext. 1254 or by email at [email protected]


“What an honor for the City of River District Action Plan and the City’s Work from Home Capital of Canada © initiative to be announced as finalists in the 2021 Developer Council Awards of Excellence categories.” Ontario economies. It is truly a privilege to be nominated. I want to thank the staff and the River District Management Board for all their hard work as we continue to make Owen Sound a great place to be. where you want to live and work! -Mayor Ian Boddy

“I am delighted to see that the River District Action Plan has been named a finalist for the EDCO 2021 Excellence Awards. The River District Action Plan was created as a collaborative effort. with the City of Owen Sound, River District businesses and community members and is a great example of how working together for change and growth can deliver positive results. – Dave Parsons, Chairman of the District of River Management Board

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