What a busy but rewarding month. From May 13-16, 2012 we hosted the BC Economic Summit in Richmond, BC. With 222 delegates, this was the largest event EDABC has ever hosted. With a great line up of speakers, including the Hon Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, delegates were able to hear first hand what is working and what is not when it comes to attracting FDI, supporting existing industry and building global relationships. What was most exciting was when the Minister proclaimed the week of May 13-19, 2012 as Economic Develeopment Week in BC. This was the first such proclamation in BC and from what we can gather the first time in Canada. Hats off to you who work in the profession for having what you do finally recognized in the BC Legislature.
A lot can be said about the value of partnerships. We have been able to attract some great partners for the association and we hope that you will take the time to review the list and where possible use the services that they offer. Without them our ability to provide you with the services you deserve would be greatly limited.
The other partnership I want to talk about is the one that we have created with the economic development associations in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. This partnership is in addition to the working relationship and partnerships we have with EDAC and IEDC and is being solely created to work on programs and initiatives that can provide additional benefits to our members. Collectively these Provincial Associations represent in excess of 1200 people and organizations involved in economic development. It has always been the position of EDABC that we will pursue partnerships, programs and initiatives with anyone that we feel can provide benefits to what matters most - our members.
Following the BC Economic Summit, we led a team of Linx BC communities to the largest real estate conference in North America - RECON. Communities we able to make great contacts with developers and retailers who have an interest in doing business in BC. RECON was organized by EDABC Partner ICSC.
I wish you all the best as we approach the summer months and I hope you all get to spend some time with family and friends.
Dale Wheeldon, CEO
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:
To provide updated listings of possible opportunities across the province
To serve as a portal for foreign visitors to explore opportunities in B.C. Communities
To connect opportunity representatives with potential foreign investors
What are the Advantages of Listing with OpportunitiesBC?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 604-858-7199
BC Jobs Plan Webinar
The Economic Development Division of the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation invites you to participate in its next webinar.
Representatives from the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation and the Ministry of Citizens' Services and Open Government will present "Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan--Progress & Engagement Initiatives" on Thursday June 14, 2012 from 1:30-3:00 pm.
Join the webinar to learn about the progress made since the Jobs Plan was launched just over six months ago, including some citizen and community engagement initiatives.
Participants in this webinar will be given the opportunity to learn about how:
the BC Government is working to protect and create jobs in BC communities;
the BC Jobs plan citizen engagement website has been utilized and how it is being revamped; and
the Province is helping communities to advance their economic development priorities through the regional economic investment attraction pilots.
The webinar will be recorded and accessible hereapproximately 1 week after the session.
Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN)
LIRN can bring trainers and facilitators to your community to deliver a learning event for residents. LIRN does not provide direct funding or cash. The support offered by LIRN generally includes: event planning, workshop and/or dialogue design, facilitation, training, and reporting services that are related to each learning event. The community (through a local steering committee) is expected to help with planning, marketing, providing a venue, and providing catering if needed. LIRN is a collaborative approach to building on the capacities of rural, remote and Northern British Columbian communities. The LIRN process encourages local government, provincial, federal, First Nations, non-government organizations (community-based, regional and provincial) and businesses to work together to plan, deliver and evaluate a locally relevant learning initiative.
Call for Expressions of Interest due June 28, 2012.
2012 EDAC Marketing Canada Awards
Excellence in marketing is a critical differentiator for Canada's Economic Development Professionals. The Marketing Canada Awards acknowledge and praise communities who shine in this arena.
The awards also kick-start discussion and provide a forum to share best practices and enhance the marketing efforts of all those working in the field of economic development
Each year, recipients across the country are recognized for excellence in promoting their communities and furthering their economic development priorities. Winners will be announced during the EDAC Annual Conference.
Visit the Member Resource Section at www.edabc.com to view new Member Resources such as:
Leadership in Economic Development: Inspire a Shared Vision
A Rural County Turns to the Internet for Jobs - No Incentives Required
Do you have an idea or program that addresses the health, social or environmental challenges facing BC communities? Do you know someone who does?
BC Ideas is an online competition that asks British Columbians to submit innovative ideas that address our province's toughest social challenges. This collaborative competition is open to all British Columbians and will provide a total of $100,000 to the top entries.
Participating in BC Ideas will give you a platform to share your ideas for social innovation, from concepts to established programs. By entering the competition you can gain profile for your idea or program, receive feedback from experts on social innovation, and secure funding for your work.
I'm writing to invite you to join BC Ideas and enter your innovative idea or program in this competition. To participate, please follow these simple steps:
Go to www.bcideas.ca and create an account by clicking on the "Sign In" button at the top-right of your screen. You will be directed to "Create new account." Once you've created your profile you can start on your entry.
Join the community by clicking on the yellow "Join" button in the top banner.
Enter the competition by clicking "Enter." This will take you to the competition page, where you can start or download an entry form. You have until September 12 to complete your entry (note: once your entry is published you can continue to refine it until September 12).
Visit the Idea Centre at www.bcideas.ca, which will feature blog posts, discussions, thought-leaders, pictures, and videos from across the province.
I hope you will participate and spread the word about BC Ideas to your networks. Together, we can turn B.C.'s best ideas into province-wide change!
BC Export Awards
The BC Export Awards, presented by Canadian Manufacturers' and Exporters and the Government of BC, is Canada's oldest and longest-running ceremony of its kind. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the awards so there is no better time to get your company in the spotlight. Benefits of winning an award include:
Media promotion to enhance profile with customers, investors and government representatives
Immediate national and international profile
Increased credibility with customers and investors
A boost for employee morale through recognition of their efforts
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.