Huron East recognized provincially for economic development initiatives
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Huron East has won the 2020 Rural Excellence Award from the Economic Developers Council of Ontario for the Downtown Seaforth Back Alley Initiative and “Looking Out My Back Door” music video produced last year.
Huron East was among numerous awards winners that were announced at the council’s conference late last month, which was held virtually over two days. Huron East took home the Rural Excellence Award, but was also the runner-up for the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Economic Development Excellence (formerly known as the council’s Best in Show Award), which is given to the best project of the year, regardless of the community’s size.
Receiving the award at the Huron East municipal office in Seaforth last week, Huron East Economic Development Officer Jan Hawley said being named a runner-up was bittersweet, but that she was proud to be honoured alongside such great projects.
The 2020 Lieutenant Governor’s Award went to Smith Falls and its PICNIC Business Support Program. The community also won two Community Economic Development – Rural Awards.
Sean Dyke, CEO of the St. Thomas Economic Development Corporation and secretary of the Economic Developers Council of Ontario travelled to Seaforth to make the presentation. He said the Seaforth project was a huge accomplishment and Hawley and members of the community should be very proud.
However, he said being the runner-up for the Lieutenant Governor’s Award, for a community of Huron East’s size, is also a very worthwhile honour.
For a full list of nominees, winners and projects, visit the council’s website at edco.on.ca.