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Mon, 25 Sep 2017
The Town of Oakville was awarded with the Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its Invest Oakville website, invest.oakville.ca, in the category of General Purpose Website from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honour was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, September 19 during the IEDC Annual Conference in Toronto.
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.
“Oakville is a dynamic and vibrant community and home to a growing number of market-leading companies,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “The Invest Oakville website is an important online resource available to companies big and small, to explore the many benefits the town has to offer as a prime location to develop a successful business.”
Investoakville.ca provides site selectors, companies and investors with all the information needed for decision making including Oakville’s latest demographic and workforce data, market trends, leading sectors and top employers. The site is also home to Find Oakville, an interactive site selection tool that layers development information, demographic data, and market data with available sites and buildings.
Oakville’s economic development data and details were previously housed on the town’s website. Thanks to federal funding received through the Invest Canada - Community Initiatives Program, investoakville.ca was created to bring this information into a standalone site to better promote Oakville as an ideal location for business investment through digital marketing.
“On behalf of the IEDC board of directors and Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee, congratulations to the Town of Oakville. Not only did they work to provide a necessary service to their community; but also, their participation in the awards program sheds light on their stellar projects which other communities can now use as a benchmark,” said Michael Langley, 2017 IEDC Board Chair.
The town was also recognized at the conference for being named in fDi Magazine’s 2017/2018 American Cities of the Future report earlier this year, making the top 10 list for business friendliness in the small city category. The town was showcased for its thriving knowledge economy, unparalleled lifestyle, prime location, competitive tax rates, and highly skilled workforce; taking fifth spot on the list that includes other provincial and North American cities.
For more information on economic development in Oakville, visit invest.oakville.ca.