July 2012

New EDABC Logo
The Pulse
July 2012

I hope you are all enjoying a great summer now that the warmer weather is here.  
We recently held our first MyEDABC Regional meeting in Prince George. What a rewarding experience.  It never ceases to amaze me the diverse projects that EDO's are working on.  Each community is different on what they are doing but one thing never changes - EDO's work hard. Northern BC is represented by a very strong group of economic development practitioners and it is showing.  Keep up the great work.  
Have you posted any opportunities yet to the OpportunitiesBC website? Please do so soon.  This site was developed based on Members' feedback and we would hate to see the Province of BC abandon the effort.  
Over the past month we have been assisting my parents in a move from Lillooet to Chilliwack.  While this has been a tiring experience it has also been interesting to find some of those items that my parents hung onto for so many years.  Like my first venture into local politics when I ran for Council and won - old election ad's, campaign buttons, signs, etc. But I also came across a letter from EDABC to me as Alderman Wheeldon and my recent attendance at a course.  The letter from President Bonnie Pyplatz brought back a lot of memories about why I ever entered this industry and who was to blame.  It even came to light even more when I found the letter from Robert Fine confirming that I was shortlisted for the job in Lillooet - and he hired me.  So Robert thanks for that - guess I really did learn from the best.  I had hair then - not sure what happened.
I wish you all the best this summer and I hope you all get to spend some time with family and friends.

Dale Wheeldon, CEO

OpportunitiesBC Website

OpportunitiesBC is an online searchable database of business and project opportunities within British Columbia suitable for foreign investment.


As an informational tool, the database has three functions:

  1. To provide updated listings of possible opportunities across the province
  2. To serve as a portal for foreign visitors to explore opportunities in B.C. Communities
  3. To connect opportunity representatives with potential foreign investors

What are the Advantages of Listing with OpportunitiesBC?

  • Featured on British Columbia's official international marketing website:www.britishcolumbia.ca/!Opportunities
  • Linked to B.C.'s foreign language sites in China, Japan and Korea as well as localized English languages sites for India, Europe and the USA.
  • Used by B.C.'s international Trade and Investment Representative Offices when fielding inquiries in their markets about investment opportunities in B.C.

To start listing your community's opportunities, contact Ashleigh at info@edabc.com or phone 604-858-7199

Half-Year Rates Now in Effect
Now is a great time to become a member of EDABC!  All membership levels are 50% off.  Refer your colleagues and clients today.


EDABC is also excited to introduce a special rate for Mayors & entire Councils.  Take advantage of the half year rate and sign up today for only $200.00 + HST. 


Contact Ashleigh at info@edabc.com for more information.

Business Retention & Expansion Course

November 1st & 2nd, 2012
Sheraton Vancouver Airport, Richmond, BC

This interactive course presents the core components of a BRE program and why the concerns of local businesses need to be actively addressed. By building an understanding of business visitation techniques and survey methods, practitioners will be able to clearly gauge their community's business climate. Learn the "red flags" that may indicate a company is looking to move elsewhere, and learn how to structure an effective technical assistance program to respond to business concerns. This course helps participants understand how a BRE program relates to attraction, workforce development, small business finance, technology transfer and many other economic development activities.

Course Highlights:

  • Establishing, maintaining and upgrading a BRE program
  • Creating effective models for business visitations and surveys
  • Customer-Relationship Management (CRM) techniques
  • Marketing a BRE program
  • Establishing an early warning system
  • Cluster and industry-focused BRE programs
  • Tracking and analyzing customer feedback and response
  • Quantitative and qualitative economic development metrics

Click here for registration & more information.

Member Resources
Visit MyEDABC Online to check out the new Member Resources added in July!

  • 5 Resources for Growing Local Food Economies
  • Growing Food to Grow Local (and National) Economies
  • Is Advertising a Waste of Money?
  • Greening the Supply Chain
  • The Time is Right to Grow the Urban Food Industry Cluster 
 member only

Congress on Economic Development Through the Arts, Culture & Tourism
A totally unique approach to Economic Development is being accomplished in the Cowichan Region and in Chemainus, BC.

  • Discover the link between image and reputation, place and destination brand, Economic Development - community and thematic branding.
  • The latest Mural techniques, paints, canvas, tape art and related topics.
  • Economic development through wine, historic, cultural, arts, golf, booktown, heritage, circle route and diving tourism.
  • What makes lingering in the community convenient and enjoyable.
  • How to analyze your community's potential from within as opposed to what has been done elsewhere.
  • Imagination - ordinary doesn't count signage and mural art workshop.
  • Municipal marketing and branding at its most creative.
  • The process of rejuvenation from a BIA and municipal perspective.
  • Worldly insights into tourism, economic development and community branding.
  • How Dinner Theatre and a Hotel was developed in a small town
  • Socializing to meet all the experts - learn from each other!
  • What you will learn during THIS conference will change the way you influence your community, your business and work in the future.
  • Options for FUN, tours and sightseeing on Vancouver Island BC Canada

Presentations in conjunction with Chemainus BC 8th Global Mural Conference.  For registration and more information, visit the event website.

EDAC/RBC Achievement of the Year Award 

Every year, one community-driven economic development project is selected from submissions across the country to receive the EDAC/RBC Financial Group Economic Development Achievement of the Year Award. The awards are open to all EDAC members, and they are looking for innovation, creativity and proven results. 


Submissions will be received until midnight, September 10, 2012. 


Click here to view more information.

Quick Links
In This Issue
OpportunitiesBC Website
Half-Year Rates Now in Effect
BR+E Course
Member Resources
Ec. Dev. Congress

EDABC Benefits Program
Working with our partners at ICBA Benefit Services, EDABC has developed a comprehensive benefits program for members of EDABC.  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.   

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.  


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