We start off with sad news in the economic development industry in BC. Bill Ellwyn, a good friend and a great EDO passed away suddenly on November 12th. Bill was the EDO for a number of years in Alberni-Clayoquot before retiring in 2003. On Dec 3, 2003 Bill was made an honorary member of EDABC in recognition of his contribution to the profession and the association. Bill was always very professional in his dealings and is fondly remembered for his passion and for his positive attitude no matter what the situation was. You will be missed Bill. Our hearts go out to Bill's family and friends and we thank you for allowing him to be part of our profession. We will always be grateful for the positive impact he made on those he touched.
Two weeks ago we hosted what will go down as our best Western Economic Development Course. Over 40 EDO's from around BC, including 13 First Nations EDO's, were in attendance to expand their skills. The testimonials and feedback have been impressive. Then on November 1 & 2, we hosted the IEDC Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) Course in Richmond. We had attendees from Texas, Oregon, Yukon, Washington, DC, Detroit and of course BC, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. Again great feedback and we were thrilled to be the host for IEDC's first course in Canada. We are also appreciative of the fact that EDAC recognized both courses for credits towards Canadian certification.
I am also pleased to inform you that the EDABC baby (Ok Ashleigh's baby) is a girl, due in February! Sad that Ashleigh will be leaving in the next couple of months for a short stint of maternity but can't wait to meet her and Mark's daughter.
I am pleased to introduce you to Laurie who will be taking Ashleigh's place while she is away. Laurie will be a great addition and I am sure most of you will have a chance to talk with her in the near future.
Have a great November.
Dale Wheeldon, President & 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.
The 2nd Annual Western Economic Development Course (WEDC) wrapped up on October 31st, after 4 days of great presentations and networking. Over 40 Economic Development Professionals from around the province were in attendance. All course presentations are now available in the Member Resources section of www.edabc.com.
The basics of economic development as illustrated by Anne Nelson.
Logan Lake Tax Exemption Program
The Logan Lake Revitalization Tax Exemption Program has been implemented in order to encourage growth and development in Logan Lake. The program is intended primarily to encourage current property owners to upgrade existing buildings, and build new structures on vacant or under-utilized lots.
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.