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South Island Prosperity Partnership (SIPP) has received two gold Excellence in Economic Development Awards 2023 from the prestigious International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for its initiatives to strengthen Greater Victoria’s economy. IEDC announced the awards at its 2023 Annual Conference in Dallas, TX, on September 19.

The IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Awards 2023 recognize leadership and innovation in economic development. SIPP’s two gold awards are:

  • 2023 Gold Award for Multi-Year Economic Development (pop. 200,000 to 500,000), which recognizes the evolution and success of South Island Prosperity Partnership’s uniquely collaborative model throughout the organization’s seven-year history;
  • 2023 Gold Award for Best Annual Report, which recognizes the story, design and concept of SIPP’s
    2021/22 Impact Report The world has changed. So have we, published as a micro-website.

“South Island Prosperity Partnership has raised the bar for excellence in economic development with the success of its multi-year economic development plan for Greater Victoria and its innovative approach to communications,” says Nathan Ohle, IEDC President and CEO. “These awards are a testament to SIPP’s dedication to the residents of Greater Victoria and serve as a great example of how economic development can help transform a community for the better.”

“I want to congratulate SIPP’s 70-plus members, including the municipalities, First Nations, businesses and organizations who have worked with us to build our regional economy,” says South Island Prosperity Partnership Founding CEO Emilie de Rosenroll. “The power of our collaborative economic development model strengthens Greater Victoria as a region and empowers us to collectively pursue our potential.”

In the past two years, SIPP has launched the Centre for Ocean Applied Sustainable Technologies (COAST), a regional hub driving innovation in Pacific Canada’s blue economy, and the Indigenous Prosperity Centre, an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to the self-directed economic vision of First Nations and Indigenous Peoples.