Burlington Economic Development Receives Two Excellence in Economic Development Awards from the International Economic Development Council

Burlington, ON October 22, 2019 – Burlington Economic Development Receives Two Excellence in Economic Development Awards from the International Economic Development Council 

Burlington Economic Development was awarded a gold and silver for their Power BI Data Presentation and 2017 Annual Report respectively.  The honour was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 15 during the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference, which was held from October 13 to October 16 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  

“Our team is thrilled to be awarded two Excellence in Economic Development Awards,” said Burlington Economic Development Acting Executive Director Anita Cassidy. “The international recognition for these two projects is a testament to our team’s determination to provide open and available data, as well as share Burlington’s story.”  

Receiving a silver in the Annual Report category, Burlington Economic Development’s 2017 Annual Report highlights key data points and celebrates business success through eyecatching infographics and creative visual presentation of text. View the Report here. The Power BI Data Presentation received a gold in the Digital Media category for its unique illustration of key economic information.  

“Burlington is a vibrant community full of thriving businesses” said Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed WardThese two projects are just some of the incredible examples of tools the Burlington Economic Development staff use to attract and educate residents and businesses.” 

IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. 34 award categories honour organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Awards are judged by a diverse panel of economic and community developers from around the world, following a nomination process held earlier this year. IEDC received over 400 submissions from 12 countries. 

“The recipients of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the very best of economic development and exemplify the ingenuity, integrity, and leadership that our profession strives for each and every day,” said 2019 IEDC Board Chair, Tracey McDaniel. “We’re honoured to recognize more than 100 communities for their excellent work, which forges new opportunities for our profession. We look forward to even greater participation from economic developers across the globe in the 2020 awards program.”  

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 5,000 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 are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of 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. 

About Burlington Economic Development  

Burlington Economic Development has a mandate to enhance the growth prospects of existing companies and bring new high-value firms to the community. Our focus is on growing the economic base to sustain Burlington’s competitive and prosperous community. Burlington Economic Development is the first point of contact for companies looking to expand, start-up or locate in Burlington. 

Media Contact 

Claire Green, Manager, Marketing & Attraction

905-332-9415 ext. 7252


Mark Steffler, Manager of Innovation and Partnerships accecpts the gold award for the Power BI Data Presentation. 

Andie Weese, Marketing and Communications Coordinator accepts the silver award for the 2017 Annual Report. 

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