Greater Halifax Partnership and Chief Economist Receive International Recognition

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA –  The Greater Halifax Partnership received six awards last week from the International Economic Development Council for its efforts to attract and retain business, talent and investment in Halifax.  Fred Morley, Executive Vice-President and Chief Economist at the Partnership, was also awarded with Fellow Member Designation at the IEDC Conference.

“We are honoured to receive recognition for our programs and initiatives focused on attracting investment and helping businesses and people succeed in Halifax, “ says Paul Kent, President and CEO of the Greater Halifax Partnership. “We are also very proud of Fred’s well-deserved designation recognizing his long-time commitment and contributions to growing Halifax’s and Nova Scotia’s economy.”

The Partnership received 4 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze award from IEDC: (Special Purpose Website), National Connector Program (Human Capital), National Connector Program (Multi-Year Economic Development), SmartBusiness Program (Business Retention and Expansion Program of Three Years or More), Why Halifax (General Purpose Print Brochure) and Halifax Gateway Mega Projects (Special Purpose Print Brochure).

"Economic development efforts have long been a keystone in the quest to bolster the economy and improve quality of life in every locality across the country," said Bill Sproull, IEDC chair. "With these awards, we laud trendsetting organizations like Greater Halifax Partnership for leading the charge."

IEDC awarded Fred Morley with Fellow Member Status for his unusual stature in the field of economic development and closely related disciplines.

"The term 'unusual stature' characterizes a member's substantial contributions to the profession through service to IEDC and/or academic ventures directly related to the practice of economic development," said Bill Sproull, IEDC chair. "Mr. Morley serves as a premier example of one who has made just such contributions and we are proud to have bestowed Fellow Member status upon him."

IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognizes the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These awards honour organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

About the International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,400 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind.


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