Burlington Economic Development Receives 2023 Excellence in Economic Development Silver Award from the International Economic Development Council 

September 26, 2023

Burlington, ON – Burlington Economic Development received a 2023 Excellence in Economic Development Silver Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for its 2021 Annual Report. This recognition highlights Burlington EcDev’s commitment to excellence in economic development and innovative approach to reporting and data.  

“Burlington Economic Development has raised the bar for excellence in economic development with its 2021 Annual Report. This award is a testament to Burlington Economic Development’s dedication to its residents and serves as a great example of how economic development can help transform a community for the better,” said Nathan Ohle, IEDC President and CEO. “It is IEDC’s honor and privilege to present Burlington Economic Development with this award and recognize its leadership and innovation in the field of economic development!” 

Every year IEDC looks specifically for economic development organizations, government entities, initiatives, and programs that have demonstrated consistent, exemplary performance in the economic development profession, leading the execution of projects that have a significant impact on revitalizing communities, and playing a major role in shaping and improving the practice of economic development. 

“We are truly honored to receive this Silver Award from the International Economic Development Council,” said Anita Cassidy, Executive Director of Burlington Economic Development. “This recognition reflects our team’s dedication to driving economic prosperity in Burlington and our commitment to transparency and showcasing the work we do in a creative and interesting format. We are proud to share this achievement with our community, our partners, and all those who have supported us in our mission.” 

Burlington Economic Development’s 2021 Annual Report can be found here.  

About Burlington Economic Development 

Burlington Economic Development (Burlington EcDev) is an agency of the City of Burlington that works to attract high-value companies to Burlington, support the expansion of existing businesses, and encourage the start-up and growth of new companies. The team works across all industries and sectors to deliver personalized support to businesses and collaborates with partners across the private and public sectors to maintain Burlington’s robust and diverse economy. 

About the International Economic Development Council 

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,300 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities by creating, retaining, and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth, and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members engage in the full range of economic development practices. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in various settings, including local, state, provincial, and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities, and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. Learn more at iedconline.org.  

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