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News Release

Durham Region wins economic development award for outstanding marketing publications

WHITBY, ON October 14, 2014

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Planning and Economic Development Department, received first-place honours during the 2014 Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) Marketing Canada Awards. The award was received in the Publications category for the Durham Region Sector Brochures series, which was chosen from 150 Canada-wide submissions.

“Congratulations to staff on this exciting accomplishment,” said Alex Georgieff, Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development. “This award highlights the dedication staff has demonstrated in promoting our thriving sectors and the development of Durham Region’s local economy.”

Durham Region Sector Brochures were created for each of the four key sectors in Durham Region—advanced manufacturing, smart energy, digital technology and agri-business—and provided specific information to reinforce Durham’s strengths and opportunities as they relate to each sector. Each brochure highlighted relevant industry information including: statistics, labour supply and relevant educational programming, proximity to markets and key companies. The electronic brochures were available in an accessible format online, and were translated into Mandarin to support one of Durham’s target markets in China. The brochures were created as part of the department’s new branding to promote Durham Region as a prime location for new business.

“The Durham Region Sector Brochures profile each of the key sectors that continue to move Durham Region forward,” said Kathy Weiss, Director of Economic Development and Tourism. “Durham has so much to offer, and through these brochures we successfully educated the public and our stakeholders about how each key sector uniquely contributes to building a strong local economy.”

EDAC is Canada's national organization of economic development professionals. The Marketing Canada awards competition is open to those organizations that promote and market Canadian provinces, territories, regions, cities, towns and areas with a view to improving the economic well-being of Canadians. The 2014 awards were handed out during the EDAC’s 46th annual conference, held in Calgary, Alberta on Sept. 30.

For more information on the Region of Durham’s economic development efforts, visit

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