EDABC/BC Hydro Economic Development Award Winners Announced

For Immediate Release

2011 British Columbia Economic Development Awards Winners

Langley, BC. June 6, 2011

NEWS RELEASE – The Economic Development Association of BC (EDABC) and BC Hydro announced the winners of the 2011 B.C. Economic Development Awards at EDABC’s annual Economic Development Conference awards banquet held Monday, June 6, 2011 in Langley, B.C. EDABC is the primary provincial association of economic development practitioners and is dedicated to helping our members achieve their economic development goals through education, resources and marketing support. EDABC also plays a major role in marketing British Columbia's competitive advantages for new investment and annually publishes the

 "For 50 years, BC Hydro has been fostering economic growth throughout the province by investing in the electricity infrastructure that provides B.C. with our competitive advantage: a reliable supply of clean energy. That’s why we are particularly proud to recognize these inspirational community leaders who build strong local economies through determination and innovation." said Dave Cobb, BC Hydro President and CEO. "BC Hydro is also pleased to 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."Invest in British Columbia magazine. year that EDABC has presented these awards. The awards are presented to association members working on community-based economic development projects in B.C. These awards are an excellent way to recognize individuals and groups that produce outstanding economic development work, helping to make a difference in supporting and expanding local economies.

"While effective economic development is a shared function of all levels of government, it is most effectively implemented at the local level," said EDABC President Kevin Poole. "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," adds Poole.

This marks the 22nd year that EDABC has presented these awards. The awards are presented to association members working on community-based economic development projects in B.C. These awards are an excellent way to recognize individuals and groups that produce outstanding economic development work, helping to make a difference in supporting and expanding 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 EDABC Chief Executive Officer Dale Wheeldon. "Clearly communities find these awards as a legitimate recognition of their work. The various projects that have made a difference throughout BC are a clear indication that Economic Development offices impact every aspect of the local economy. Combined, communities in BC invest $65 Million in retaining and expanding local economies and in promoting tourism."

 

The 2011 Economic Development Award Winners are:

1) Economic Development Leader of the Year: Heather Hornoi

Heather Hornoi has been with the City of Kimberley in her capacity as EDO since 2004. In just one of her recent major accomplishments, Heather oversaw the development of the Kimberley Conference and Athlete Training Centre along with four Paralympic venues, from the initial proposal concept to funding procurement to construction and project management to the grand opening. This mega project is a long-term legacy to the City and region and clearly demonstrated the full extent of an EDO's skills, talents, knowledge and abilities from partner relationships, advocacy, project management, issue resolution, creative financing, communications, land negotiations and more. Most recently Heather initiated a new Business Retention and Expansion program in the community as part of the EDABC BC Business Counts program. The energy, drive, commitment and passion that Heather has demonstrated since 2004 is inspiring and a credit to the economic development profession. She is active in the community as a member of the Board of Tourism, Chamber of Commerce, and a founding member of Kootenay Rockies Regional Economic Alliance Society.

2) Marketing:  District of Elkford

 

The District of Elkford's branding and marketing initiative began in 2006 with the re-branding process and has grown into a well-developed brand that has been implemented into almost all aspects of the District's operations. The aim of the program is to help to improve the marketability of the community in order to attract businesses and residents to the community

 

3) Community Project:  Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission - Metabridge

 

 

Metabridge is a unique initiative designed to provide emerging -technology companies with practical experience in deal making, commercialization, and the ability to identify and secure new business leads. For emerging companies, Metabridge also provides one-on-one interactivity and advice from senior leaders, primarily from Silicon Valley. With direct connection and access to key international technology partners for investment, joint strategic partnerships, mentorship and advisory opportunities, this initiative has seen wide reaching economic implications in its first years. New businesses have started in the Okanagan, new contracts for existing companies, and a joint venture between US and Canadian technology leaders. Two existing companies with direct exposure to Metabridge have nearly doubled their employee count. Leading columnist Tim Bajarin of PC Magazine reported that "the Okanagan is fast becoming Canada's next technology hub."

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Contact:

Dale Wheeldon, CEO, EDABC, (604) 819-3809

About EDABC

The Economic Development Association of British Columbia (EDABC) is the primary professional association of economic development practitioners in the Province of B.C. EDABC currently has over 190 members from communities throughout the province. EDABC provides services that help member communities grow and expand new and existing businesses, attract new business investments, and work towards strategic infrastructure investment, land use planning, and community enhancement.

EDABC services include an annual conference and networking event, educational and professional development opportunities, advisory services and resources, and public relations and marketing in partnership with member communities and the Province of B.C. One of EDABC’s marketing initiatives is the annual publication and distribution of the

Invest in British Columbia magazine.