Join BCEDA in celebrating Economic Development Week – May 7th to 12th, 2018!

BCEDA is pleased to join the International Economic Development Council (IEDC)  in celebrating Economic Development Week (EDW). The purpose of Economic Development Week is to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life.

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British Columbia Economic Development Week

Chilliwack, BC, May 7, 2018 – The Government of British Columbia have reinforced their commitment to economic development in the province, with the proclamation of May 7th to 12th, 2018 as British Columbia Economic Development Week. “A strong economy is one where families get ahead and nobody is left behind and our government is working to ensure every region of B.C. benefits from the jobs and opportunities to come,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. “We have already appointed an Innovation Commissioner to lead the promotion and commercialization of B.C. technologies and established a Small Business Task Force to seek ideas on maintaining a healthy small business environment, both of which are designed to stimulate our economy and help create good jobs for people throughout the province.”

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Snapshot: Economic Development in British Columbia

Who are Economic Developers? What do they do? Explore myths and facts, discover resources and see economic development in action in BCEDA's Snapshot: Economic Development in BC.

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Webinar: Promote Your Community Like a Tech Start-Up - Tuesday, May 8, 1:00pm PST

Back by popular demand - BCEDA is excited to host a webinar with Townfolio during #BCEcDevWeek! Townfolio was started as a $500 tech startup and grew nationwide in one-year. With a limited budget, you have to be creative in figuring out ways to promote your company. This is no different than municipalities with a limited budget. Thankfully technology has made it extremely cheap or free to get the word out. 

To tech founders, these software tools and tactics are the norm, but from talking to hundreds of economic developers across the country we quickly realized that they have pain points when it comes to budget, technical skills and getting their municipality noticed. So we wanted to share our experience with using free (or very low cost) tools with everyone so they can apply these tech practices into their own workflow.

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Economic Development Matters Video

3, 2, 1...LAUNCH! Check out the newest economic development tool, a video illustrating why communities should invest in economic development. What a great way to kick off Economic Development Week!

To commemorate Economic Development Week, economic development organizations from across the country have worked together to produce a short video that demonstrates the importance of economic development to the fabric of a community.  These organizations: The British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA), the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC), the Council for Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO), Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO),  Economic Developers Alberta (EDA), the Economic Developers Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (EDANL), Nunavut Economic Development Association (NEDA), Saskatchewan Economic Development Alliance (SEDA), and La Cité 2031 and have collaborated to undertake the project.

Economic developers have a common objective: building stronger, more resilient, inclusive economies. The video illustrates why communities should invest in economic development.  For further information on the video and its collaborators, please visit: www.EconomicDevelopmentMatters.com.

BC Communities Celebrating #BCEcDevWeek

City of Coquitlam

City of Merritt