Economic Development wins EDCO Award for Innovative 'Wellington Welcomes' Campaign

Economic Development team holding trophieFebruary 2024 - County of Wellington’s Economic Development Division won the 2023 Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) Award for Inclusive Community Based Initiatives and Programming for their ‘Wellington Welcomes’ campaign.

The social media campaign, which was designed to showcase the contributions of newcomers throughout Wellington County, has received widespread acclaim for its authenticity and community support. ‘Wellington Welcomes’ focuses on the stories of twelve residents who are members of newcomer and immigrant communities in Wellington County. Individuals were interviewed and given the opportunity to share what it is like to live and work in Wellington County, including their challenges, successes, insights, and personal recommendations.

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Ride Well Rural Transit service recognized with Honorable Mention

February 2024 - During the 2023 Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) Awards, the County of Wellington’s Ride Well Rural Transit service was also recognized with an Honorable Mention in the Innovation in Community Resiliency category.

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Economic Development receives EDAC Marketing Canada Award

October 2023 - With the future of economic development in mind, Economic Development Association of Canada's (EDAC) Marketing Canada Awards have chosen to focus on highlighting up-and-coming best practices in marketing and community initiatives.

The County of Wellington is the proud recipient of the 2023 EDAC Marketing Canada Award for a series of descriptive videos promoting local Wellington County Tourism. The videos cover nine unique ways to experience Wellington County including; local food, farm gate experiences, outdoor fun, horseback adventures, water sport destinations, and a series of winter outings. Versions of the videos with descriptive audio were also created to ensure that individuals of all ability levels could access the content.

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 Economic Development receives BREI Award of Excellence

2019 Business Retention and Expansion Award for our Community Improvement ProgrammeJune 2019 - Each year, Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI) has the pleasure of recognizing select agencies and organizations with Awards of Excellence. These are due to exceptional efforts in the field of business retention and expansion with respect to local projects to retain and grow local business.

The County of Wellington was pleased to accept the 2019 Outstanding Multi – Community with a Population Between 50,000 – 100,000 award for our Invest Well Community Improvement Programme (CIP).

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 Taste Real Local Food Fest finalist for Sustainable Tourism Award
November 2017 - This award recognizes an organization, individual or initiative that has made a viable and maintainable contribution to the practice and promotion of sustainable tourism in Ontario. What a great honour it was for Taste Real's Local Food Fest to be named one of 3 finalists.
 EDCO Honorable Mention
Honourable Mention for the 2017 Economic Developers Council of Ontario for our Investment Attraction booth in Europe.
 EDCO Awards of Excellence Honorable Mention

January 2016 - The County of Wellington received honorable mention in Publications (Print or Electronic) for their Sector Investment Profiles at the 2015 Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) Awards of Excellence.

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 County of Wellington enjoys success with BR+E strategies

December 2015 - The County of Wellington in Ontario, Canada, embarked on the BR+E journey beginning in 2013. Two years later, the County has reaped significant rewards with the candle on the cake represented by two Business Retention & Expansion International (BREI) awards at the BREI Annual Conference in 2014.

BR+E Award photo with warden, municipal mayors, and economic development

 Local Food Fest wins Top Honor at 2015 OCTA Awards

November 2015 - Wellington County's Taste Real Programme is the proud recipient of the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance (OCTA) Award of Excellence for Event of the Year. The Local Food Fest is held annually in June at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre and Farm, attracting families, students, seniors and professionals. More than 50 exhibitors also took part offering prepared foods, craft beer samples, fresh produce and flowers.

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 Taste Real wins EDAC Award

October 2013 - "We are so honoured to be given top recognition in Canada. The Taste Real partners have worked so hard," noted Deb Dalziel, Elora Fergus Tourism co-ordinator and a founding partner of Taste Real. "We are excited that EDAC has recognized the wonderful collaborative effort of our stakeholders across the region."

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 Taste Real wins EDCO Award

February 2013 - Guelph Wellington received provincial recognition for its work with the Taste Real Guelph Wellington Local Food Initiative at the Conference Closing Gala as part of the 2012 Awards of Excellence. Taste Real's mission is to grow one of the most vibrant, local food economies and tourism destinations in Ontario.

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Taste Real EDCO Award photo with partners and stakeholders

 Taste Real Guelph Wellington Local Food wins the 2012 Ontario Culinary Tourism Award

October 2012 - The award, presented to a community or organization that has taken on a leadership role in promoting culinary tourism in Ontario, was presented at the 8th Ontario Tourism Summit held in London from October 22 to 24, 2012.

Over the past years, Taste Real has supported local farms, producers and small businesses to build stronger rural communities. It's mission is to grow one of the most vibrant local food economies and tourism destinations in Ontario.

The Taste Real programme has over 120 partners including six founding partners that steer the strategic development of the programme. Municipal partners include the County of Wellington, City of Guelph, the Township of Centre Wellington, the Town of Minto, the Township of Wellington North and the Township of Mapleton.

Developed on stakeholder engagement, Taste Real is built upon many successes of promoting local food that have taken place across the region, including the work originally started by Guelph Wellington Local Food at the Guelph Community Health Centre, under the leadership of Kate Vsetula.




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