The Economic Development Council of Ontario (EDCO) presented the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Economic Development to the Ottawa Valley Recreation Trail Partners Group. The award was presented at the annual conference of the EDCO on January 31st in the category “Collaboration and partnership and cross-border for communities of 50,000 to 250,000 inhabitants”.
EDCO’s Awards of Excellence program recognizes and celebrates economic development work in the province of Ontario. This year, 98 applications were received and evaluated by an expert panel of judges from the fields of marketing, communications, tourism and industrial/commercial development.
The recreation trail is a group of Renfrew County, Lanark County and Papineau-Cameron Township, which have been in partnership since 2011. They have signed a contract to provide acquire the abandoned Canadian Pacific Railway property for 296 kilometers from Smiths Falls to Mattawa. The portion of the corridor in the county runs from the Arnprior/Ottawa border in the south to the Renfrew/Mattawa border in the north.