As you may have noticed we have distributed a brief survey of our members to help us prepare a communications strategy. The development of this strategy is part of our strategic plan that has been available for download from our website for the past two years. The information will also no doubt assist us as we review that plan and update it to be a more current document.
We value communications with our members but also recognize that it needs to be constantly evaluated to make sure we are meeting your needs, so your input has been appreciated. If you have not done so we encourage you to join our Facebook page, add us to your Twitter and join the EDABC LinkedIn group. These are all additional ways that we can make sure you are aware of the association and our activities.
Last week I had the privilege to be part of a meeting in Washington, DC on Disaster Preparedness for communities. You will be hearing more about this in the months ahead.
Next week our board will be meeting to discuss a variety of items and we will keep you informed as to some of the decisions and directions that the board is taking.
Sign up for both courses and receive a $100 credit!
Western Economic Development Course
October 28th to 31st, 2012
Sheraton Vancouver Airport, Richmond, BC
In partnership with the organizers of the Northwest Economic Development Course, EDABC, EDA & SEDA are pleased to present the 2nd Annual Western Economic Development Course, the premier program offering concentrated focus in the basic concepts, methods and strategies of local economic development. With a refreshed agenda for 2012, our experienced and distinguished instructors provide an outstanding blend of theory and practice. 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.
Top 10 Site Selection Standards
Managing E.D. Organizations
Workforce & E.D.
Reuse & Redevelopment of Business Sites & Facilities
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
The Western Canadian Hotel and Resort Investment Conference offers a lineup of sessions aimed at demystifying the economy, understanding buyer preferences, creating innovative marketing, and the factors changing the face of resort and hotel financing.
The event, scheduled for October 3 & 4, 2012 at Vancouver's Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, features an A-List of speakers like; Michael Coyle (Replay Resorts) and Graham Kwan (Character Capital Inc.) as well as Jason Clemens, Executive Vice President of The Fraser Institute. Clemens will examine the impact of upcoming provincial elections, overly-optimistic budget assumptions tied to commodities, a rapidly changing demography, and aggressive government spending effect on western Canadian economies.
A who's who of BC and Alberta's hotel/resort developers, investors and operators will benefit from the keynote speakers, breakout sessions (e.g., branding, development, financing) and ample networking time. The event is strongly recommended for anyone interested in hotel and/or resort opportunities across western Canada. For a full breakdown of sessions, speakers and social events check out the conference at www.hotel-resortinvest.ca.
2013 Summit - Dates Changed
Please note that the dates for the 2013 BC Economic Summit have been pushed back to June 23nd to 26th, 2013.
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.
Registration for EDAC 2012 is now open. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see one of the most beautiful and remote parts of our country. Don't hesitate - register today!
Travel to Iqaluit is 70% off for Conference Delegates!
2012 IEDC Conference
September 30th -
October 3rd, 2012
Economic developers can't afford to use the same strategies they've always used and expect different results. Instead, everchanging dynamics in business and the economy require creative new responses.
The International Economic Development Council's 2012 Annual Conference, September 30 - October 3 in Houston, Texas, will address the challenges and opportunities of growing jobs and investment in today's global economy. By energizing and empowering regional partners through shared messaging, resources, and best practices, communities small and large can reap the benefits and remain competitive.