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Tony Van Bynen and Economic Development Officer Chris Kallio at the EDCO President's Dinner and Award Ceremony on January 31, 2019.

Former Mayor Tony Van Bynen named Community Influencer of the Year by Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO)

Town receives honourable mention recognition for 2016/2017 Community Report and “Where Work Meets Play” blog at annual EDCO awards ceremony

NEWMARKET, Ontario, February 4, 2019 – Former Newmarket Mayor Tony Van Bynen has been named the Community Influencer of the Year for 2018 by the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO), while the Town received honourable mention recognition for the 2016/2017 Community Report: Where Character meets Community, and the economic development themed blog Where Work Meets Play. The honours were presented at the EDCO Awards of Excellence ceremony on January 31, 2019 in Toronto.
“During his 12 years as Mayor, Tony Van Bynen was a driving force behind an era of economic growth in Newmarket,” said Mayor John Taylor. “His commitment to making Newmarket a community that is 'Well beyond the Ordinary,' led to many great accomplishments and positioned our Town to be recognized as one the best places to live and to work in the country.”
The Community Influencer of the Year Award is presented “to an elected official who has made a significant impact on their peers, the industry, their community and the overall influence of economic development.” The title reflects a number of accomplishments achieved in Newmarket under Tony Van Bynen’s leadership from 2006 to 2018, including:
“I feel honoured to receive the 2018 Community Influencer of the Year Award from EDCO,” said Tony Van Bynen. “Thank you to our outstanding staff, Council and community members who made our progress worthy of this recognition.”
EDCO is an independent, non-profit, incorporated association of persons engaged in economic development from both the public and private sector. For more information on the  EDCO Awards, click here.
About The Town of Newmarket:
The Town of Newmarket is located in southern Ontario and is home to 89,000 residents. Newmarket has consistently been named one of the Best Places to Live in Canada by MoneySense Magazine and has garnered a reputation for being one of the country’s most dynamic, diverse and desirable towns to live and work in. Newmarket is also widely considered a progressive place committed to collaboration, creativity and innovation.
To view the Town’s Economic Development Strategy, click here.
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