​Tools and Resources Webinars

Smart Economic Development Development with the Strategic Planning Toolkit

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Description: We all know strategic plans are important, but it can be challenging to dedicate the resources to develop something that all-too-often stays on the shelf. 

The Economic Development Division has developed a Strategic Planning Toolkit and accompanying Performance Measurement Toolkit that will help you build a concise, measureable and actionable plan that won’t collect dust. 

Provincial staff will demonstrate the ease and power of the tool’s self-assessments, planning templates, facilitation materials, and discussion guides that will save you time and money in developing a strategic plan tailored to your needs. 

You’ll also hear from two Economic Development Officers, who will share their experience collaborating on the development of the tool, why strategic planning is so important, and how they will implement the tool in their own communities. 

Originally streamed March 2nd, 2017

Attract Investment and Promote your Community with BritishColumbia.ca

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Description: In this webinar, you’ll learn how you can leverage BritishColumbia.ca to attract investment and promote your community to the world. This session will include an overview of the public facing Community Profiles and Opportunities Section of the BritishColumbia.ca site.

We will also cover some of the common challenges faced by local EDOs when promoting your community online, including a demonstration of how you can make your BritishColumbia.ca community profile stand out.

BritishColumbia.ca is a digital hub that promotes your community to the world by providing an up-to-date, free and customizable online presence. BritishColumbia.ca integrates:

  • Customizable community profile pages
  • Investment opportunities listings
  • Information about key sectors
  • Success stories

Originally streamed November 15th, 2016

Navigating Performance Measurement in Local Economic Development

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Description: Economic development practitioners are increasingly asked to track and report on metrics related to their economic development work. This can be challenging, however, when resources are limited, or if there is a lack of clarity around how or what one should be tracking.

In this webinar, we explore performance measurement in a B.C. local economic development context, including how to overcome some of the barriers faced by communities across the province.

The session will include an overview of what performance measurement really means, and how it can benefit your community and enhance your economic development work. The majority of the webinar will consist of an orientation to the Province’s new performance measurement toolkit. The toolkit features a step-by-step process for creating a measurement work plan and reporting strategy, including templates, tips and many examples

Originally streamed May 16th, 2016

Back-to-Basics Refresher on CARIP: Carbon Neutral Reporting

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Description:  Local government staff who want to become more familiar with the CARIP - Carbon Neutral reporting process will learn about:

  • Climate Action Charter and the Green Communities Committee (GCC)
  • CARIP reporting requirements and deadline
  • Carbon neutral reporting process

Climate action is a key provincial priority and local governments are a key partner. The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) is a conditional grant that provides funding to eligible local government signatories to the Climate Action Charter, equivalent to one hundred percent of the carbon taxes they pay directly. Under CARIP, local governments are required to report on their climate actions and progress towards carbon neutrality on or before June 1, 2016. This webinar will provide attendees with an opportunity to ask questions related to the CARIP reporting requirements. 

Originally streamed March 3rd, 2016

British Columbia Economic Atlas

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Description: The BC Economic Atlas is a user-friendly web based mapping application that draws from an extensive library of economic and natural resource data sources to conveniently create custom maps. Users can layer data from a variety of sources (including user imported data) and use mark-up tools to produce a customized map of relevant economic and natural resource data for informational, investment or decision-making purposes. 
Hear from economic development experts on how to use and effectively leverage this free tool - including live-demonstrations and walk-throughs.

Originally streamed May 28th, 2015