February 2012

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The Pulse
February 2012

Yes we are excited.  Excited for a number of reasons and we think you will be too.  Over the next couple of months we will be announcing a number of initiatives, tools, and resources that are being specifically designed for our members. 
This is an exciting time to be involved in Economic Development in BC.  One of the reasons for that is the focus by the Government of BC on Economic Development through Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan.  When you read the strategy and listen to the focus - Job Creation and supporting BC families - you know that this is "Economic Development."  It is for this reason that EDABC is focusing this year's annual gathering (used to be called a conference) on the Jobs Plan and making sure that the Province of BC engages with BC Communities and Industry in ensuring that the plan benefits all British Columbians. 
From May 13-16, 2012, the BC Economic Summit - Canada Starts Here: Taking BC Global will bring together communities, industry and government ministries to discuss the steps that we can all take together.  We are working closely with a team within the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation to put together a great event.  Check out the website www.bceconomicsummit.ca and register today as we expect this to be sold out.  The summit will be held at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport in Richmond, BC.   
If you are interested in speaking at this event about the successes you are having let us know - but we will be issuing a call for presentations within the next week. 

We also need your help in identifying corporate partners for EDABC.  This is critical in order to finance the activities of the summit and EDABC throughout 2012 and into 2013.  You can also participate at the summit by being part of the Economic Development Marketplace.  This Marketplace has limited space set aside for communities who wish to set up a display - communities only pay $250 to be part of the Marketplace compared to $1000 fee for corporate participation. 
We also want to welcome Stephanie to our team.  She can be reached at admin@edabc.com.  She will be responsible for the adminitsrative aspects of the Summit as well as other tasks associated with EDABC. 
We also have additional items that we be expanding on soon, including Advanced BRE Training in partnership with IEDC, updated Resource Manuals, and a new membership category for your entire Council or Regional District Board. 
We are also pleased to announce that EDABC is the first jurisdiction in Canada to officially recognize the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) program offered through IEDC.  EDABC now encourages communities to reognize both the EDAC and IEDC Certifications when hiring employees or in establishing training budgets for new or existing employees involved in Economic Development. 
Dale Wheeldon, CEO

BCEconomicSummit.ca Now Live!
Our partner, Netscribe Communications, has been hard at work developing a state-of-the-art website specific to the BC Economic Summit! Head over to www.BCEconomicSummit.ca for all your Summit needs.

Available on this page is:
  • Online Registration
  • Draft Agenda
  • Speakers
  • Partnership Details
  • Travel Information
Submit your registration now, Early Bird pricing ends March 31, 2012.

2012 BC Economic Development Awards - Call For Entries Begins


The Economic Development Association of BC and BC Hydro's BC Economic Development Awards recognizes the province's best economic development marketing materials; programs and partnerships; and the year's most influential leader.  These prestigious awards honour organizations and/or individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.


There are 3 categories of awards:

  • Marketing Award - recognizes achievement in marketing that supports economic development
  • Economic Development Leader Awardrecognizes individual or team achievement in the field of economic development
  • Community Project Award - recognizes a community or partnership working together in economic development
Entry Fee: $60.00 + HST
Note: Must be an EDABC Member to be eligible for nomination
Entry Deadline: March 30, 2012

Click here for the 2012 BC Economic Development Awards Package.


Northwest Professional Development Partnership Webinar 

Community & Economic Development Enlightenment - Asset vs. Needs Based


February 21, 2012
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. PST 


Focusing on and leveraging your region's indigenous assets generates more opportunities, produces real outcomes, speeds growth, and builds capacity. Traditional economic development approaches, especially public funding policy, have driven strategies to focus on needs and weaknesses.

This webinar will explore how an economic development professional can make the shift.

  • Learn the distinction between needs and asset based economic development
  • Examine the tools and processes to be effective
  • Hear case examples of what has worked 


Presenter: Jim Haguewood

ONE Group, LLC. a VITAL Economy Alliance Partner
Jim Haguewood applied his business expertise to community economic development by leading Clallam networks in Washington. Clallam netWorks was an asset based economic development initiative which transformed the Olympic Peninsula economy and became nationally recognized as a best practice. Since 2005, he has been a member of the ViTAL Economy Alliance guiding asset based economic development initiatives in Southern Illinois, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. Currently, he is leading a statewide asset based initiative called Mobilize Maine. 


Register Now!


Registration for the webinar is $60.  A $25 discount is available for EDABC members and IEDC basic course graduates.  Please use Coupon Code jg3gc to receive the discount.  


Cancellation Policy:

Participants cancelling more than 7 days prior to the event will receive a 90% refund. Participants will receive a 75% refund for cancellation requests made to MyPlacetoLearn within 1-7 days prior to the event. No refund is available the day of the event or after the event has concluded; however, the event can be viewed at a later date at no charge.


Registration or cancellation questions, please contact: 




Mark Your Calendar for the Next Webinar: 


March 29, 2012

10:00-11:00 a.m. PST

Economic Gardening

EDABC Benefits Program: Now Available

You asked - we have delivered.  Working with our partners at ICBA Benefit Services, EDABC has developed a comprehensive benefits program for members of EDABC.  From what we can tell, this is the most comprehensive benefits program offered by any Economic Develoment Association in Canada, if not North America.  You may also pass this information on to your board members and local companies as an option they may wish to consider.  We only ask that you make sure they ask that EDABC be credited when signing up and perhaps purchase a membership in EDABC.   With our new membership categories it makes it easy to benefit from all we have to offer.
This program is available to EDO's and staff, private consultants, development companies, small businesses and anyone else that may have an interest in supporting the economic growth of our Province.  This plan is competitively priced and is available to any sized company.  

EDABC - Economic Development for Local Government Leaders Seminar/Workshop

EDABC is pleased to announce a new member offering.  The Economic Development for Local Government Leaders Seminar/Workshop will be offered in your community or region.  Please click here to download the details and then contact EDABC to book one for your community. 


The cost for this five hour seminar/workshop is set at $3900 and includes session materials, as well as travel and accomodations for the presenters.  Each seminar is designed in consultation with the EDO in order to ensure that it reflects the specific needs of the community.   The price is for a maximum of 20 participants - additional participants can be added for a price of $100 per person.  The community is also responsible for the venue and costs for food and beverage. 

Intelligent Community Forum

For those that attended last year's EDABC Conference, you may recall speaker, Louis Zacharilla's invitation to attend the Intelligent Community Forum Summit 2012 in New York.  Louis has delivered!  He's offering a complimentary Summit registration to those that attended his session.


Email  Rbarney@intelligentcommunity.org to request your comp code. 


Click here for more information on the ICF Summit 2012.


For those that missed Louis' session, The Intelligent Community Forum is a think tank that studies the economic and social development of the 21st Century community.  Visit www.intelligentcommunity.org to learn more about their programs.

New Resources

Watch our newsletter in March as we inform you of several new resources that will be available in the EDABC Resource library. 
Quick Links
In This Issue
BCEconomicSummit.ca Now Live!
2012 BC Economic Development Awards
Northwest Professional Development Partnership Webinar
EDABC Benefits Program
Economic Development for Local Government Leaders
Intelligent Community Forum
New Resources
Membership Renewals
BC Business Network
Westin Bayshore Renews for 2012
Career Opportunities
EDABC is a Proud Partner of....

Membership Renewals
2012 EDABC Membership Renewals are now due, please contact Ashleigh if you did not receive or require a copy of your renewal form.
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.

We have created new membership categories allowing you to purchase office memberships, membership for board and council members, and  retired members.

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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Westin Bayshore Renews with EDABC
EDABC and the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, BC are pleased to announce that they have renewed the EDABC Membership Rates for 2012.  EDABC and its members are playing a significant role in building BC's economy. 

The Westin Bayshore is pleased to partner with EDABC in these efforts by offering special rates and welcoming them as important guests," said Westin Bayshore Sales Manager, Anna Clarke.   

Career Opportunities
Visit the Careers page at www.edabc.com to view recently posted career opportunities!

EDABC is a Proud Partner of the following Economic Development Organizations

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