EDA Community Awards (Awards of Excellence)
The EDA Community Awards (Awards of Excellence) recognize outstanding work from economic developers across Alberta, and showcase best practices in economic development projects and promotions. There are three awards in three categories: small, medium and large communities in BRE, BIA and CED.
Entry Fee- $110 (+ GST) per entry.
Deadline- Entries are accepted until 4:30 PM MST, March 1, 2022.
Categories- The Awards recognize achievement in the following categories:
Groups- Groups are based on community population. There are three Groups in each Category. There is an award for each Group making a total of three awards in each Category:
The 3 Group winners in each Category will automatically go forward as Finalists for the Alex Metcalfe Award in that Category. Alex Metcalfe Award's represent recognition for the "best of the best" project in each Category.
Eligibility- A voting member of EDA in good standing can submit a nomination in any of the above stated categories and will be judged against entries from other applicants within the same community size. If there is a multi-community or regional submission, the total population of all participating communities must be considered when submitting your entry.
Submission Outline- The Awards of Excellence should reflect achievements in effective economic development practice and process related to Business & Investment Attraction (BIA), Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) and Community Economic Development (CED).To demonstrate project effectiveness, please describe the project activities related to the following topics:
Project activities, significant achievements or outcomes must have taken place between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021
Criteria- For each Awards of Excellence entry, you should consider the following questions as they relate to your project:
Judges will examine each entry and rate it based on the following criteria:
| Goal Achievement |
Achievement of the stated objective of the project using measureable results.
0 - 10
Economic Impact and Cost Effectiveness
The extent of the economic impact on the community/region the project was undertaken. For example, this could include an increase in the overall tax base, the creation of new jobs, or criteria relevant to the goals for the program.
0 - 15
Development of strong relationships with relevant players and widespread support in the community.
0 - 5
Innovation and originality
The project demonstrates an innovative and original approach to achieving the goals of the project, whether in project design, process or marketing
0 - 5
Communications, Marketing and Promotion
Effective and creative use within the project, of:
Best Practice Application
The relevance and transferability of elements of this project to other communities.
0 - 5
Procedure- Digital formats are required.
Submission Procedure - Digital formats are required. Each entry must include: