September 28, 2006

Partnership gains national and international recognition

(HALIFAX, September 28, 2006) – September has been an award-winning month for the Greater Halifax Partnership. The Partnership has received recognition from leading national and international economic development organizations for two of its initiatives.

In recognition of the Partnership’s SmartBusiness Initiative, the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) presented the 2006 EDAC/ RBC Financial Group Economic Development Achievement of the Year Award.  Granted to the top, community driven economic development project across the country, this award acknowledges the Smart Business model for its creativity, innovation, community involvement, effectiveness and attainment of goals and objectives.  The award was presented on September 26th, 2006, during the 2006 EDAC Centre of Excellence Conference in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

In addition to EDAC’s acknowledgement, the partnership accepted the Paid Publication Advertising Campaign Award earlier this month at the International Economic Development Council’s Annual Conference in New York on September 19, 2006. This international award credits the Halifax Region Immigration Strategy’s Advertising Campaign for its strong call to action, outlining the benefits of hiring immigrants. The campaign, created by partnership investor MT&L, launched in October 2005.

“These award come from positive action,” says Stephen Dempsey, President and CEO, Greater Halifax Partnership. “The dedication and commitment we receive from our investors, members and staff, is the reason why we are able to fulfill our mandate and continue to drive economic growth in our region.”


The Greater Halifax Partnership is a private-sector led organization responsible for the economic growth of Greater Halifax.  Its priorities are to retain and grow existing businesses and to recruit new businesses to the area. 

The Economic Developers Assocation of Canada (EDAC) is Canada’s national organization of Economiv Developers pursuing excellence in the field since 1968.  The Association’s mission I s to enhance the professional competence, advance economic development as a profession, and contribute to Canada’s well being.

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is headquartered in Washington, DC. Its mission is to provide leadership and excellence in economic development for communities, members and partners. IEDC's professional economic development awards annually recognize excellence in the economic development profession.

Note to editors:

Click here for more information on the Greater Halifax Partnership’s SmartBusiness campaign

Click here for more information on the Greater Halifax Partnership’s Halifax Region Immigration Strategy including copies of the advertisements.

Information about the Economic Developers Association of Canada is available at http://www.edac.ca/

Information about the International Economic Development Council is available at http://www.iedconline.org/