Partnership Chief Economist and Executive Vice President Fred Morley accepted the awards at IEDC's annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas in the company of over 800 international economic development professionals.
IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders and organizations who are creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities around the world.
The Partnership won 4 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze award. Gold awards went to WhyHalifax.com (Special Purpose Website), the Partnership’s SmartBusiness Program (Business Retention and Expansion Program of Three Years of More) and the National Connector Program (Human Capital and Multi-Year Economic Development). Silver and Bronze went to Why Halifax (General Purpose Print Brochure) and the Halifax Gateway Mega Projects (Special Purpose Print Brochure).
This year's awards were very special for our team as Fred Morley was awarded Fellow Member Status for his “unusual” stature in the field of economic development. This designation recognizes substantial contributions to the profession through service to IEDC and/or academic ventures directly related to the practice of economic development.
IEDC Chair Bill Sproull said, "Mr. Morley serves as a premier example of one who has made just such contributions and we are proud to have bestowed Fellow Member status upon him."
Fred has been a leader in the field of economic development for over 30 years. Fred has made significant contributions to our local, provincial and regional economy in his roles as Chief Economist and Executive Vice-President at the Greater Halifax Partnership, Senior Economic Advisor at the Government of Nova Scotia, Senior Policy Analyst and Research Coordinator for the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, and Director of the Marketing and Research Branch of the Nova Scotia Department of Economic Development. Fred also taught for nine years in the Economics Department of Saint Mary’s University and is the author of over 100 articles on economic development. He has presented his views to hundreds of organizations, companies, and government groups around the world and is a frequent media commentator.
Our team is truly honoured to be recognized by IEDC and our community as a leader in economic development here at home and abroad. Our work and achievements would not have been possible without our public and private sector investors, partners and sponsors, and we thank them for their ongoing support and commitment to growing Halifax's economy.
Celina Lam is Marketing and Communication Assistant at the Greater Halifax Partnership. She currently is in her final year of the Public Relations Program at Mount Saint Vincent University
You can reach Celina at email@example.com