Richmond ­- The British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA) and FortisBC announced the winners of the 2019 BC Economic Development Awards at the Association’s annual summit banquet on March 5 in Richmond.

Now in its 30th year, the awards are presented to association members working on community-based economic development projects in B.C. and recognize individuals and groups that produce outstanding work in economic development that has helped to make a difference in supporting and expanding local economies. 

The 2019 award winners are:

Economic Development Marketing Innovation Award

The BCEDA Marketing Innovation Award recognizes achievement in marketing initiatives that support economic development.

Winner (community less than 20,000 population): Christina Gateway Community Development Association for the Christina Lake Insider mobile app.

Winner (community more than 20,000 population):  City of Fort St. John for the Move Up Here marketing campaign.

Community Project

The BCEDA Community Project Award recognizes an organization that has implemented various economic development initiatives that provide economic benefits to a community or region.

Winner (community less than 20,000 population):  Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation for the MetalTechAlley community partnership project.

Winner (community more than 20,000 population):  City of Prince George for the Clean Technology Cluster Initiative.

Stan Rogers Memorial Award

In recognition for a project (private or public) making the most significant economic impact in a community.

Winner: Township of Langley for its Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre.

Chairman’s Award

The Doug Weir Memorial Award is presented annually to recognize a member of BCEDA who, through volunteer effort, has made a significant contribution towards the function, goals and/or mandate of the BC Economic Development Association

Winner: Jamie Vann Struth

“I am extremely pleased that year over year we receive strong entries that are put forward by communities and economic development professionals showcasing the creativity and smart strategies that encourage economic growth in their region,” said Dale Wheeldon, president and CEO at BCEDA.  “It is always very difficult for our judges to narrow down the winners and my sincere thanks goes out to everyone who submitted projects for consideration this year. Their efforts to build stronger communities, and thereby a stronger provincial economy are to be congratulated.”

The awards are presented and sponsored by FortisBC.

For more information about the BCEDA and the summit, visit: bceda.ca.  

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