Community Development Department Recognized for Excellence & Innovation

Picton ON –Feb 13th 2017. Last week,  The County’s Community Development Department was recognized by the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) for recent achievements in the industry.

At the organization’s annual conference in downtown Toronto, ON, the County received three honors for municipalities with a population between 10,000 and 50,000. These awards recognize local economic development initiatives that demonstrate excellence and innovation in various areas. The awards included:

  1. Best 2016 Publication for Prince Edward County Community Investment Profile.
  2. Best 2016 Advertising for Build a New Life Campaign.
  3. Best 2016 Technology & New Media for Ambassador Program Video Booklets.

“It’s really exciting to be recognized by our industry for these initiatives” said Neil Carbone, Director of Community Development for The County. “These awards are a testament to the hard work and perseverance of the many entrepreneurs and residents whose stories were the foundation of these campaigns. It’s our ongoing privilege to celebrate and share those stories with the community and all those seeking to make the County their home.”

The Ambassador video booklet is a presentation style booklet with a built in video screen displaying 3 short videos. The videos feature young entrepreneurs who made the move to Prince Edward County. The video booklet is one part of a larger ‘Build a New Life’ campaign encouraging people to move to Prince Edward County. This campaign includes leveraging existing local ‘County Ambassadors’ who share their experiences with friends and family outside the County. The campaign was launched in May of 2016 and a video of the launch presentation can be found at The campaign continues into 2017 with growing success. The Community Investment Profile is part of a larger Resident and Investment Attraction strategy to attract new residents and business opportunities. “This is a reflection of the priorities outlined in the County’s newly adopted Corporate Strategic Plan, which includes the development of a business friendly environment,” notes Mayor Robert Quaiff. “Not only are these initiatives an example of that priority, but it’s great to see the Community Development Department continue to be on the leading edge of community and economic development in Ontario.”

The Community Development Department would also like to recognize Vaughan Group for helping design and create all 3 publications.

For more information, please contact Lisa McLennan, Communications and Media Coordinator at 613.476.2148 ext. 1009 or by email at