Saturday, March 2, 2024

Grey County EDTC Master Plan Wins EDCO Award

Grey County was recognized with an Award of Excellence for its Economic Development, Tourism and Culture (EDTC) Master Plan on February 8, at the annual Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) Conference in Toronto.

The EDCO Awards of Excellence identify unique ideas that lead economic development best practices of the future. The EDTC Master Plan, known as ‘The Grey’t Reset’, was recognized in the Excellence for Planning and Strategic Development – Urban category. Grey County Warden Brian Milne and Grey County staff were present to accept the award.

The Master Plan provides a 10-year vision for the growth of economic development, tourism, and culture in Grey County, alongside detailed five-year action plans for each of the department’s three streams. Completed with support from McSweeney and Associates, the plan examines the ways the EDTC Department collaborates with and supports member municipalities and community partners. The actions in the plan focus on ensuring work is proactive and practical while considering the available resources and priority needs of each community

It’s an honour to be identified by EDCO as an example of economic development best practices across the province,” said Savanna Myers, Director of Economic Development, Tourism, and Culture for Grey County. “This plan was a truly cooperative effort – it would not have been possible without the meaningful input and support we received from member municipalities, residents, business owners and community partners throughout the consultation process.”

The plan includes specific action items for priority areas, including leadership, investment readiness, and business retention. Priority areas for the culture sector include inclusive storytelling, interactive experiences, and destination development.

Grey County is proud to be recognized for this initiative that shows that together, we’re stronger,” said Grey County Warden Brian Milne. “Working with our partners and member municipalities, we’ve built a solid foundation of caring for our communities, and created a strategy that reflects all of our needs and our drive to move forward.”

The EDTC Master Plan was finalized in October 2023, and implementation of the plan begins in 2024. For more information and to view the full plan, visit grey.ca/business-services/economic-development.

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