Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

April 28, 2011 14:05 ET

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation: City Company Scores Successes in 2010 Initiatives

EEDC moves toward top five city vision by 2030

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 28, 2011) - Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) is well-positioned to focus on achieving prosperity and enhancing quality of life in Alberta's capital city in the coming years. The City of Edmonton-owned company's 2010 annual report was released today at its annual general meeting.

"Our long-term development plan for Edmonton is driven by a compelling vision: recognition as one of the world's top-five mid-sized cities by 2030," says Henry Yip, board chair of EEDC. "This vision is the focal point of all EEDC initiatives."

"EEDC had a strong 2010," says Ron Gilbertson, president and CEO of EEDC. "We were, and will continue to be, involved in diverse activities, ranging from Port Alberta and downtown revitalization to welcoming new tourist markets and looking at Edmonton's long-term convention market."

Notable EEDC achievements included the following:

  • ONEdmonton forum, joined by leaders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to develop common vision and direction.
  • 64-per-cent increase in the number of industry tourism partners.
  • Recognition by the Recycling Council of Alberta, Economic Developers Alberta, Intelegia Group's Canadian Cities Online Marketing Index, and International Economic Development Council.
  • FRESH, an initiative that encourages socially and environmentally responsible meeting and event-planning, developed by the tourism industry.
  • Welcoming the emerging Chinese tourist market.
  • Supporting Edmonton's EXPO 2017 bid by raising public and corporate awareness.
  • Estimated media exposure of $60 million to a worldwide audience.

To download the annual report, visit www.edmonton.com/reports. To request a paper copy, call 780.424.9191.

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) provides leadership in economic development, markets Edmonton as a must-see destination, manages the Shaw Conference Centre and Edmonton Research Park, and acts as a stakeholder in TEC Edmonton, a joint venture with the University of Alberta. For more information, visit www.edmonton.com Learn more about Edmonton through the stories of people who've experienced it at www.edmontonstories.ca

Contact Information

  • Media contact:
    Edmonton Economic Development Corporation
    Renée Worrell
    Communications Manager, External Relations
    780.932.4865
    rworrell@edmonton.com