"The leading professional association of economic development practitioners in the Province of BC"
3rd ANNUAL MINISTERS DINNER
BCEDA is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our 3rd Annual BCEDA and BC Ministers Dinner on Monday, February 3, at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver.
This interactive event will give those involved in Economic Development from around BC an opportunity to speak directly with the Hon. Minister Shirley Bond, and key staff from the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Ministry of International Trade, and others.
Discussions will include:
Learning about the new activities the Province is pursuing to build BC's economy
Sharing your community/region's successes, opportunities and challenges
Identifying ways to work together
Networking opportunities for BCEDA members and partners.
The interactive format that will be followed at this dinner will see the Minister(s) 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(s) will visit each table during the evening for a discussion.
Join economic development professionals, industry, First Nations, local governments, and others as we meet to discuss best practices and how in today's changing economy we can choose the Winning Strategies.
More than 10 BC communities have already taken advantage of the new Organizational Membership. Here's why:
$595 for 2 voting members and UNLIMITED non-voting members from within your organization*
A great way to build local capacity and support for economic development.
A more affordable rate for any sized municipality, First Nations or organization to include all staff, council members, and members of Economic Development Committees all for one flat fee.
Staff, Council and board members get access to professional development at the member's rate;
A more affordable structure for organizations to include more members; and Inclusion of municipal, regional and First Nation Council/Boards as members.
All members get access to all BCEDA events at member rates, included in newsletters, listed on BCEDA website, access to member only resource materials, access to member exclusives, and more. Business owners who are on councils or boards also get access to our health insurance programs.
Here are just a few examples of possible members:
Mayor - Council Members - Chief - Board Members - Department Heads - Planners - Administrative Staff CAO - Finance - Tourism - Parks & Recreation - Human Resources - Marketing - Engineering - Interns Development Services - CEO - Communications - Corporate Services - Public Works - Project Coordinators
* Available to local government, First Nations and separate economic development functions(corporate models or other external non profit models) and Chambers of Commerce.
2013 BCEDA SURVEY REPORT
This report presents the results of the annual membership survey of the British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA). It is provided to BCEDA members as part of the Association's commitment to provide timely and useful information on the economic development profession in BC.
The online survey was conducted in late April through July, 2013, to secure the highest possible response rate.
Several categories of economic development related data was collected to report common similarities in the industry across the Province of BC. The following categories were identified: employment information, compensation information, organization information, organization's monetary information, general economic development information, as well as information regarding the knowledge of BCEDA's benefits and participation in BCEDA's events.
Designing and implementing regional development strategies poses serious challenges. Part of the problem may be that the traditional approach to strategy, a linear process of strategic planning, is not well suited to the task. This paper explores a new approach to strategy designed for the open, loosely connected networks that characterize a regional economy. Called "Strategic Doing", this approach emphasizes transparency, agility and experimentation.