Central Alberta: Access Prosperity won a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for its Access Prosperity Website, a project in the category of General Purpose Website of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 19, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held Sept. 17 – 20, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

“On behalf of the IEDC board of directors and Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee, congratulations to Central Alberta: Access Prosperity. Not only did they work to provide a necessary service to their community; but also, their participation in the awards program sheds light on their stellar projects which other communities can now use as a benchmark.”  – Michael Langley, FM, CEO of GREATER MSP, Minneapolis–St. Paul, MN, and 2017 IEDC Board Chair

Launched in December 2016, the website has three functions: it promotes the Central Alberta, Canada region to international investors; encourages international expansion of local Central Alberta companies; and describes various services provided as a regional economic development organization.

Promoting the region as well as providing industry facts, economic data, and statistics, the site is designed to appeal to both international investors and local business owners. The site design was arrived at through a process of persona building; using these profiles, the site was designed to be a seamless, valuable experience for all users.

Access Prosperity is based in Central Alberta, Canada and represents a population of over 310,000 in over 40 municipalities. Through a combination of business coaching, event hosting, trade mission attendance, and other customized services, Access Prosperity promotes economic development in the region through the attraction of foreign direct investment as well as assisting in the expansion of local companies into international markets.

“The awards process is a thorough, non-biased and multi-layered process. These are extraordinary accomplishments for all winners, and an overall great effort by all participants. We look forward to next year’s awards competition,” Langley said.

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. Among many activities which benefit the economy, IEDC’s members create high-quality jobs and develop vibrant communities. www.iedcONLINE.org.

Central Alberta: Access Prosperity