The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) awarded Strathcona County with a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award.
The award was given for the county's YOU CAN Print Promotion, in the category of General Purpose Print Promotion. The 'You Can' slogan is a phrase used to depict the Strathcona County area: you can do business here, you can grow here, you can visit here.
"The 'You Can' campaign is really an opportunity to showcase Strathcona County to the world. So it's an opportunity to showcase Strathcona County as being one of Canada's most livable communities in every aspect, whether that's for business, tourism or quality of place," said Shane Olson, manager of commercial development.
The IEDC is the world's largest membership organization for economic development professionals and have been around for over 50 years. Judges from the IEDC reviewed applicants for the awards and examined their economic development potential.
The judges made note of Strathcona County housing Canada's largest hydrocarbon processing area as well as being a community of "can do" spirit.
"We're certainly humbled to receive an award like this. It's always nice to be recognized by our peers within the industry. So I think it sort of validates some of the work that we have been doing to showcase our community and promote our community."
The award was presented at a conference in Atlanta, Georgia on October 2.