Community Building Webinars

Economic Development 101

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Description: Economic development represents a wide variety of activities a community can choose to undertake. For those new to the field, it can be daunting to know where to start or what activities might be right for their community.

Join us for an engaging dialogue on the key drivers of economic development and why they are critical to realizing your community’s potential. By exploring topics such as business retention and expansion, investment readiness and regional collaboration, you will walk away with a deeper appreciation of economic development, and ideas on how you can accelerate efforts in your community.

We’ll also highlight a number of tools and resources that can help save time and money in your current economic development efforts - even if you aren’t new to the field.

Originally streamed March 30th, 2017


Economic Development Disaster Planning and Recovery

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Description: Unexpected events like earthquakes, floods, spills or wildfires quickly cause devastating damage. All-to-often, economic recovery becomes a piecemeal reaction to these events, rather than a planned response.

Studies show that at least one in four businesses will not re-open after a catastrophic event, which can have severe consequences for a community’s economy.

This webinar will highlight resources and strategies to help your community plan for recovery from the unexpected, including but not limited to:

  • Developing an economic resilience program, including pre-disaster strategic planning
  • Small business continuity, support and preparedness
  • Assistance/access to capital and disaster relief resources
  • Communications before, during and after a disaster

Originally streamed March 21st, 2017


Business Retention and Expansion Basics

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Description: A vibrant business community is at the core of every community’s economic success – it contributes to a better quality of life for residents, and supports visitor and investment attraction. How well do you know the businesses in your community? How are they doing? Are there challenges they face, such as regulatory roadblocks to expansion or signage issues? Does your community have the workforce your businesses need to succeed?

In this webinar, you’ll learn the basics of a Business Retention and Expansion Program – what it is, why it’s important, who should be involved, and how to build relationships with your business community to help them thrive and contribute to the success of your local economy.

Originally streamed March 13th, 2017


Geothermal: Heating up Rural Economic Development

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Description: Direct-use geothermal heat resources have the potential to drive rural economic development opportunities and offset greenhouse gas emissions, but are currently underutilized in BC. 

In this webinar, you will be introduced to a project funded by Geoscience BC and the Province of British Columbia that identified and evaluated Direct-use geothermal resources in BC.

You’ll learn what geothermal energy is and how BC communities can evaluate this cost-competitive and sustainable heat source. Geothermal heat can be used for natural hot spring areas, space conditioning, greenhouses, fish farming, breweries and more. 

You’ll also hear from communities of The Xa’xtsa-Douglas First Nation and Valemount, who will share how their communities are currently evaluating and moving forward with geothermal energy opportunities.

Originally streamed February 28th, 2017


Save Money by Connecting Asset Management to Land Use

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Description: This webinar will provide local government staff with tools, processes and funding opportunities to help address the challenges related to the increasing financial burden of infrastructure servicing, maintenance, renewal and development over the long-term.

Hear how the award winning Community Lifecycle Infrastructure Costing Tool (CLIC Tool) has enabled the City of Prince George to take a more integrated approach to planning by connecting asset management to land–use, which can help:

  • Save money
  • Support sustainable assets and service
  • Encourage integrated decision making
  • Achieve sustainable land-use policies

You’ll also hear about the Town of Gibson’s Eco-Asset Management approach, which recognizes and values the services natural assets can provide: leading to a more efficient and cost-effective service delivery.

Originally streamed November 24th, 2016


Youth Entrepreneurship: Raising Business in your Community

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Description: Retaining and attracting youth can be a challenge for rural communities, with employment opportunities being a key factor. In this webinar, you’ll learn some of the ways communities can drive youth entrepreneurship and foster the next generation of business owners.

Hear from two organizations that support young entrepreneurs, ranging from elementary school all the way to 39 years young. You’ll also hear two young entrepreneurs share their stories of success, and what Junior Achievement BC and Futurpreneur has done to help them realize their business dreams in their home community.

Originally streamed November 23rd, 2016


The Power of Buying Local

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Description: For every $100 spent at a local business, $46 recirculates in the local economy - which means each local purchase has 2.6 times the economic benefit.

In this webinar, hear from an organization working with communities to encourage buying local, in addition to businesses, elected officials and municipal staff. Together, they’ll share the importance of buying local, some ways to promote buying local in your community, and tips and tricks from their success stories.

Shifting just 1% of purchases to B.C. owned businesses can generate 3,100 jobs and $94 million in wages in the B.C. Economy. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn how you can boost your community’s economy by highlighting existing businesses.

Originally streamed April 26th, 2016


Working with Aboriginal Businesses: Building Partnerships in Tourism

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Description: First Nations are stepping up and assuming a leadership role in all aspects of B.C. society, including business. In the world of tourism, businesses and First Nations have tested a wide range of approaches to working together. In this webinar, the owner of a leading West Coast resort and his First Nations neighbours discuss the special agreement they launched to help them work together for mutual benefit.

The session will include background on the major role tourism now plays in B.C.’s economy, the steps First Nations are taking to get into the tourism game in a big way, the practical lessons of a resort-owner working in a First Nations Territory, and some advice from a respected Aboriginal leader on how non-native businesses can work successfully with First Nations to grow new and better tourism operations.

Originally streamed April 12th, 2016


Building community through Social Media

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Description: Social Media can be used in a myriad of ways, but one of its most powerful abilities is building relationships and online communities. Staying in touch and actively engaging with the citizens who live in your physical community is essential to building social licence and trust: critical pieces of the economic development puzzle.

Hear from Neil Judson, community manager for @TranBC who will show you how he has built a community of engaged drivers throughout British Columbia. He’ll also share wise practices on how to scale your social media efforts to best meet the needs of your community. 

Originally streamed March 31st, 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


Development Approvals Made Easy

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Description:  Property close to major B.C. highways and roadways make for prime commercial real estate and economic development. If the property meets certain conditions, however, such as being within 800m of an intersection on a controlled access highway - some additional approvals are required from the Ministry of transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI). In this webinar, Senior District Development Technician Ryan Evanoff will guide you through the approval process to make sure your future development projects go as smoothly as possible. Avoid costly construction delays and learn the ins and outs of MoTI approvals!

Originally streamed October 29th, 2015


Social Enterprise and Enterprising Non-Profits

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Description: A social enterprise is a business producing goods and services for sale and earning revenue - but with a primary purpose of directing revenue toward social and environmental goals. They range from thrift stores to farmers markets to businesses that provide skills training, affordable housing and jobs for people with disabilities. They can also be a for-profit business that is focused entirely on social objectives. What connects them all is that their primary purpose is a social one.
Learn about the tools, resources and grants available to foster the growth of these triple-bottom-line businesses in your community - and the visible benefits they provide.

Originally streamed June 11th, 2015


Green Energy as an Economic Development Tool

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Description: Green energy has a great potential for rural communities to offset community costs, and even generate revenue. Case studies will be presented outlining the experience and lessons learned by municipalities and First nations in developing small scale hydro electric and biomass electrical generating projects.

Originally streamed February 20, 2014