Only 65 offices in North America have the recognition of Accredited Economic Development Office
Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership attains new recognition as Ontario’s second internationally Accredited Economic Development Office.
“We should all be proud of this recognition because it will bring value to the Sarnia-Lambton area through increased exposure. Our strategic border location is often compared to hundreds of other locations when businesses are evaluating where to expand or locate, and accreditation with an international economic development agency makes an important difference in the process,” stated Alex Palimaka, Chair of the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership Board.
With only 65 economic development offices in North America attaining the International Economic Development Council’s accreditation standard, investors seeking locations through the IEDC website will see Sarnia-Lambton amongst this elite list of top economic development offices added Palimaka.
An extensive evaluation of programs and processes was part of the assessment. First, the IEDC made sure we were following a comprehensive list of economic development best practices — working from an economic development strategic plan, following an investment attraction strategy, supporting existing businesses, tracking interactions with business leads, financial documents and communicating with stakeholders through an annual activity report and newsletters.