City of Guelph wins three awards of excellence for business programs

Guelph, Ont., October 4, 2018—For the second year in a row the City of Guelph has claimed awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference.

This year the City of Guelph’s Business Development and Enterprise Services department won the following awards:

The awards were presented at a ceremony on Tuesday, October 2 during the IEDC Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

“This year our judges reviewed some extraordinary projects that advanced both communities and businesses. We congratulate all the award winners, and thank everyone who nominated their projects for sharing their success with fellow IEDC members. What we learn from each other helps us to grow and advance as a profession. We look forward to even greater participation from economic developers across the globe in the 2019 awards program.” Says Craig Richard, CEcD, FM, President and CEO, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation located in Tampa, Florida, and 2018 IEDC Board Chair.

The City produced the Hanlon Creek Business Park sales video with Ward 1 Studios. The video was developed to promote remaining lands available for sale in early 2018, and to build awareness of the great businesses already set up in the business park. The video has helped garner interest from potential investors and site selectors from all over the world.

The 2017 Economic Snapshot provides an overview of the City’s accolades, strengths and reasons for investing in Guelph, and features Hanlon Creek Business Park opportunities. The City originally designed the snapshot as part of an awareness campaign and, following great interest, the City repurposed it into lure collateral for prospective businesses.

The City created the Downtown Community Improvement Plan (CIP) to revitalize and enhance Guelph’s downtown core as a focal area for public and private investment. The CIP provides the City of Guelph with broader authority to encourage and implement public and private investment in the downtown, and is focused on delivering municipal incentive programs to support private sector investment in the form of façade improvement, feasibility study grants, and larger scale renovation and redevelopment programs called the minor and major downtown activation grants.

“We continually work to put Guelph on the map and to ensure that our programs and efforts are further increasing the awareness of our great city as an ideal place to do business,” says Helen Loftin, General Manager – Business Development and Enterprise Services for the City of Guelph. “Winning these awards on an international scale is proof that our efforts are worthwhile and the rest of the world is noticing.”

All three projects have been successful in raising Guelph’s profile to potential investors and site selectors locally and abroad.

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is the world’s largest membership organization for economic development professionals. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life in their communities by creating, retaining, and expanding jobs that facilitate growth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, our members represent the entire range of economic development. Learn more at

About Invest in Guelph

Invest in Guelph represents the business development outcomes identified in the City of Guelph’s economic development strategy, Prosperity 2020. Its purpose is to position and promote Guelph as an ideal place to do business.


For more information

Kurtis Wells, Marketing and Events Coordinator
Business Development and Enterprise Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2079
[email protected]

Barbara Maly, Economic Development Manager
Business Development and Enterprise Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2822
[email protected]