May 9th to 15th has been declared British Columbia Economic Development Week!

Save the dates! 2021 #EconDevWeek runs from May 9 – 15. Keep an eye out as we prepare to showcase the programs – and the people – who make our communities stronger!

BCEDA is looking forward to highlighting responsive business support initiatives from BC's communities with a number of webinars, documents and web releases.  Share your #EcDevInAction to be included.

Monday, May 10th
  • Webinar: Localintel - The Most Important Element of your Economic Development Website
1:30pm PST - 2:30pm PST

New research by Localintel identifies what economic developers should prioritize when promoting their location to investors, site selectors and remote workers. During this session participants will learn:
  • Why economic developers need an elevator pitch
  • How the Marketing & Business Development Funnel can help economic developers generate more leads
  • What to include in the “Why Us” section of your website
  • Best practice examples

Tuesday, May 11th
  • Webinar: Stay Local, Support Local: Responsive Community Initiatives 
1:30pm to 2:30pm PST. 

When the recent Circuit Breaker restrictions came into effect, local government leaders and staff worked overtime to develop temporary permitting requirements and streamline approval for patios. Join BCEDA and Destination BC to hear more about innovative initiatives supporting business communities.

Wednesday, May 12th
  • Webinar: Economic Development and The Circuit Breaker, Supporting Your Restaurants, Pubs and Bars with BCRFA 
1:30pm to 2:30pm PST.

Join BCEDA and the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association (BCRFA) to discuss the resources and tools available to support your restaurants, pubs and bars. We will also hear several examples of how BC's Economic Developers are assisting with the challenge.

Thursday, May 13th
10:30am - 11:00am PST.

3D CityScapes is a new BCEDA member. Join us to learn how they are bringing a new era of exploration. Say goodbye to the traditional PowerPoint presentation and transform the way development consultations are done using a highly interactive virtual 3D twin to showcase your proposal and all necessary information. Registration is free.

Friday, May 14th
  • Webinar: Economic Recovery Townhall with Hon. Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation
11:00am to 12:00pm PST.

This event is an opportunity for you to ask a question to the Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, Hon. Ravi Kahlon, on recovery measures that would ensure BC's economic resiliency. If you would like to be considered to present your question during the Townhall, please submit your comments by 5:00 PM PST on Friday, May 7th through the registration link. Friday, May 14th, 11:00am to 12:00pm. 

Looking for ideas to celebrate Economic Development Week?
Get involved and take part in the celebration by downloading the International Economic Development Council's  #EDW2021 Toolkit and access:
  • Special ways to engage your elected officials
  • Press release and proclamation templates
  • Electronic and print advertising templates
  • Social media marketing sample promotional messaging
  • Event ideas
  • #EconDevWeek Excellence in Economic Development Week Awards details
  • Championing Economic Development resources
  • And much, much more!
You can also watch our #EconDevWeek primer for tips and tricks on how to make your #EDW2021 the most effective celebration possible.
Get started now and create awareness for the value that the economic development profession brings to your community.
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