February 11, 2003

York Region recognized with five Ontario Economic Development Awards

The Regional Municipality of York was the recipient of five Economic Developers Council of Ontario's (EDCO) Ontario Economic Development Awards. The Awards recognize excellence in marketing and product development and were presented at EDCO's 46th Annual Conference last week in Toronto.

York Region's Tourism News publication placed first in the Tourism Publications, Industry Communique category. York Region was also recognized with Certificates of Recognition as finalists for its 2002 Visitors' Guide, Take a Hike Trail Guide, Economic Development publication series and 2002 Tourism Advertising Campaign.

Over 190 entries were submitted for judging, with 28 first place awards presented. Judging took place late last year by nine specialists in the marketing field.

"The judges were tough, settling for only those outstanding entries," said EDCO 1st Vice President, Norm Schleehahn, Business Development Consultant, City of Hamilton. "Winners of these awards should feel confident that their entries were the best."

For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, please visit our Web site at www.region.york.on.ca. For tourism information, visit www.yorktourism.com

The Economic Developers Council of Ontario Inc., comprised of over 560 private and public sector members, is dedicated to the profession of economic development. For more information about EDCO, visit www.edco.on.ca


Contact: Wendy Lewis, Corporate Communications Services, York Region

- (905) 830-4444 or (416) 297-9696, ext. 1238

Heather Currie, Ec.D., Executive Director, EDCO

- (519) 941-8815


The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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