The Town of Okotoks is thrilled to announce that Economic Development has won a national Marketing Canada Award from the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) for the 2015 Okotoks Visitor & Activities Guide!
The high-quality tourism publication features information on attractions, amenities, services, activities, events and cultural opportunities available in Okotoks and area. There is also a fun feature, “the fortune teller game” which helps the reader find all of the amazing things to do in Okotoks!
EDAC is Canada’s national association of economic development professionals, representing every province and territory across Canada. The association offers the marketing awards competition as an opportunity to exchange and review promotional and marketing material produced by municipalities across the country.
Okotoks Named 4th Most Entrepreneurial City in Canada for Small Cities!
Okotoks as a community was ranked by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) in their 2015 Entrepreneurial Communities Report.
We ranked as the 4th most Entrepreneurial City in the country for the Smaller Cities Category which is defined as communities with population between 25,000-149,999. This is very big news as we are ahead this year of places like Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, & Leamington Ontario.
In addition, overall between the Major Cities and Smaller Cities categories Okotoks placed 6th most entrepreneurial city in all of Canada and the “Calgary Periphery” placed 1st in the country. We have moved up substantially in the rankings from 25th place last year in 2014!
The Entrepreneurial City rankings aim to assess the degree to which municipalities have enabled entrepreneurs and small businesses to start, grow and prosper.
The survey, in honour of the CFIB’s annual small business week, ranks municipalities in Canada based on 14 indicators, including the number of self-employed people per total employed, business establishments per capita, business property tax rates and overall optimism.
LEED Gold Certified
The Town of Okotoks received its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification in 2015 for the Southridge Emergency Services Building accreditation process completed in 2014. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system that is recognized as the international mark of excellence for green building in 150 countries.
2015 W3 Award - Silver
In collaboration with Upanup Studios, the Town of Okotoks was awarded silver recognition in the general Website/Government category at the 2015 W3 Awards for the outstanding design of their government website. The W3 Awards honors creative excellence on the web, and recognizes the creative and marketing professionals behind award winning sites, videos and marketing programs.
2015 AVA Award - Gold
The Town of Okotoks was awarded joint gold recognition with Upanup Studios in the Government category at the 2015 AVA Digital Awards for the exceptional user experience and design of their website. AVA Digital Awards is an international competition that recognizes excellence by creative professionals responsible for the planning, concept, direction, design and production of digital communication.
2015 Communicator Awards - Silver Distinction
The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications. Founded two decades ago, The Communicator Awards receives over 6,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world.
The Town of Okotoks was jointly honored with Upanup Studios at the Communicator Awards for the excellent design of their website and its ability to support and help citizens, distribute important documents and forms, and provide a link to government services and organizations.