CORNWALL – Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Chief Administrative Officer T.J. Simpson announced on May 17 that the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry has been awarded the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) 2017 E.A. Danby Certificate of Merit under the Municipal Administration Category (Municipal Population 20,000 or more) in recognition of SD&G’s innovative Tourism Information Sign Management Program.
“This merit certificate, awarded to SD&G by one of Ontario’s premier municipal staff organizations, recognizes the quality of products and services that the County continues to develop and deliver,” Simpson said. “These services are designed to enhance the quality of life for our residents, businesses, and visitors. It is quite an honour to be recognized in this fashion by AMCTO, especially when one considers the breadth and quality of submissions made for these awards.”
The Tourism Information Sign on-line application is a simple fillable form used by businesses and organizations to efficiently request and locate available tourism signage. “The program streamlines signage requests, makes information easy to search, manages internal data and provides users with an interactive mapping tool which is accessible through multiple devices, greatly improving the customer experience,” said Tourism Coordinator Shauna Baggs, who was responsible for developing the new program.
The project was a collaboration between multiple County departments/divisions, most notably the Regional Tourism division of Corporate Services and the GIS division of the Transportation and Planning Services Department. This collaborative effort created a web-based data management tool that also provides users with the ability to visually locate identified tourism signs or request new signs on a real-time map.
Staff will formally accept the certificate of merit at the AMCTO Conference Opening Ceremonies, slated for June 12 in Huntsville, Ont.
The Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario has provided education, accreditation, leadership, and implementation expertise for Ontario’s municipal professionals for over 75 years. With over 2,100 members working in municipalities across Ontario, AMCTO is Canada’s largest voluntary association of local government professionals, and the leading professional development organization for municipal administrative staff.
The E.A. Danby Award recognizes the significant achievement of AMCTO’s first President, E.A. Danby. The award is given annually to recognize municipalities that have demonstrated an outstanding achievement and innovation with respect to municipal management activities or practices.
The link to the tourism information signage can be found at www.sdgcounties.ca/tourism/tourisminformationsign.