August 2011

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August 2011

We are pleased to provide you with our latest Newsletter.  If you have items that you would like to add please send them to us and we will do our best to add them. 

EDABC continues to work hard on a number of items and we look forward to announcing some new member benefits shortly.  We will also be releasing in late September, the information on the Elected Officials Training, a potential new educational partnership and more.
We are pleased to announce that EDABC has now entered into an MOU with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).  This agreement helps to expand our offerings to our members from an international perspective.  We also continue to maintain our strong working relationship with EDAC.  The MOU allows us to better serve our members by:

  • Sharing access to products, services and other resources
  • Collaborating to enhance financial stability and growth
  • Special discounts for EDABC members in certain situations
  • Innovating within the profession and raising the visibility of model practices
  • Allowing EDABC to participate in State, Provincial and Regional Associations within IEDC to meet on an annual basis to share ideas and opportunities for partnerships
  • Marketing of each other's activities (EDABC and IEDC)
  • and more.
EDABC will pursue additional opportunities to create arrangements with other organizations that can provide value to our members. 
Enjoy the rest of your summer and if you have not already done so, send in your registration for the 2012 conference (details below).  While you are at it, mark your calendar for the 2013 conference which is tentatively set for June 2-5th, 2013.


Dale Wheeldon, CEO
In This Issue
Intelligent Community Awards
Business Attraction Do's and Don'ts
Small Business BC - Fall Seminar
One Million Job Openings
Help EDABC Grow
BC Business Network

ICF Opens Nominations for 2012 Intelligent Community Awards

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On July 4, the Intelligent Community Forum opened nominations for its 2012 Intelligent Community Awards. Nominations are submitted by communities large and small around the world, based on ICF's Intelligent Community Indicators, and are developed internally through research by the Forum. Nominations will close in September.


Landing the Big One:  A Case Study of Business Attractions Do's and Don'ts

MeetingWhat does it take to land an international advanced manufacturing firm with 300 high-paying jobs and millions in investment? This case study provides some lessons for making it through the many steps in the site selection process.


Read this story by signing into the EDABC Website.


Small Business BC's Fall Seminar Announced

Small Bus BCSmall Business BC offers information packed seminars and workshops for small business owners and entrepreneurs across BC.
View the Fall Seminar Catalogue here.

One Million Job Openings in BC by 2020

Outlook 2020 

A new report by the government of British Columbia is predicting the number of skilled workers needed will exceed the supply of workers available by 2016.


The second annual Labour Market Outlook 2010-2020 report anticipates one million job openings in B.C. by 2020. Two-thirds of the jobs available will be spurred on by retirements and the aging workforce, while one-third will result from the province's economic growth, found the report.


The largest numbers of job openings are anticipated in the areas of sales and service, business and trades and equipment operators. The health industry is expected to have the largest percentage increase in demand growth.


Download the full report by clicking here 

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Help EDABC Grow
EDABC is looking for your help.  We would like you to consider inviting your contacts to join EDABC.  Right now they can enjoy the rest of the year at half price.   

We also are hoping that you will suggest to your major corporations and other businesses that they consider a partnership with EDABC.  By building a strong Economic Development Association we can have more influence over building BC's Economy and supporting BC Families.

Those who succesfully refer new members and partners will be rewarded. 

BC Business Network
EDABC is a proud partner with the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation in promoting businesses to register with the BC Business Network.
In order to help you promote the use of this program, EDABC has developed a brochure that you can use to give out to your businesses. 

If you would like hard copies of these brochures that you can distrubute please contact EDABC.  They are available on a cost recovery basis. 
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