Partnerships - an arrangement where parties agree to cooperate to advance their mutual interests. That is what EDABC has been actively pursuing for the past five or six years. Whether its a partnership with a private sector company (Talisman Energy, BC Hydro, Executive Pulse, etc), a University (Kwantlen Polytechnic), an international organization (IEDC and ICSC), National (EDAC), Provincial and State (Washington, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario) it does not matter - what matters is simple - does it have the possibility of benefiting our members? It isn't a competition it is member services. We are proud of our broad mix of partnerships and we can tell you that we are not done. We continue to pursue partnerships to help you do your job easier and to make sure that EDABC is fiscally sustainable.
I think a great example of our partnership program is the upcoming Western Economic Development Course. It will be filled with what I think is the broadest and best mix of instructors that we have been able to attract - all done through partnerships. Yes the financial support from our annual partners helps and it would not be possible to do it without them, but we are also fortunate to have partnerships with Washington State, EDAC, IEDC, Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, and our newest partners - AANDC and Vancity.
Are you developing partnerships in your community that are having a positive impact? Let us know what they are - we would be interested in hearing. It may be a great fit for the 2013 BC Economic Summit - "Making the Connection." Registration details will be available soon.
We hope you are registered for next week's Western Economic Development Course and/or IEDC BRE Course. We have delegates coming from Texas, the Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Maryland, Oregan, Washington State and more. Next week will truly be an international week in BC.
I hope you are having a great fall and we look forward to seeing you all soon at one of our upcoming activities.
Dale Wheeldon, CEO
2nd Annual EDABC & Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Dinner
EDABC is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our 2nd Annual EDABC and Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Dinner on Tuesday, December 4th at the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver.
This interactive, members-only event will give those involved in Economic Development from around BC an opportunity to speak directly with the Hon. Minister Pat Bell and key staff from the various departments.
Discussions will include:
Learning about the new activities the Ministry is pursuing to build BC's economy
Sharing your community/region's successes, opportunities and challenges
Identifying ways to work together
Networking opportunities for EDABC members and partners.
The interactive format that will be followed at this dinner will see the Minister and Key Staff take turns at each table as each course of the meal arrives. This will allow for extensive dialogue on opportunities throughout BC and in the identification of partnerships. Every effort is being made to ensure that the various Ministry Staff along with the Minister will visit each table during the evening for a discussion.
Cocktails (no host) - 5:30pm
Opening Comments - 6:00pm
Dinner - 6:10pm (rotations begin)
Ending at around 9:00pm with a no host reception.
We hope you will join us. Please register as soon as possible, as seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. Only 50 seats will be available.
So you have been successful in your economic development efforts. What next? What's changed in the world of economic development? What is working and what is not? It never hurts to refresh your skills and knowledge on this ever changing industry. EDABC and our partners are happy to give you this opportunity to enhance your skills and to give you the tools that will help you implement successful programs in your community. Whether you're new to economic development or not, this course will provide you with fresh tools and ideas you will be able to implement in your community. With a refreshed agenda for 2012, our experienced and distinguished instructors provide an outstanding blend of theory and practice.
Whether you have an existing BRE Program or are looking to implement a new program, this course will give you the tools you need to develop or improve BRE in your community. 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.
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
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.