Economic development support expanded

The provincial government will bring communities together to promote five regional collaborations

Communities throughout B.C. will receive increased support to maximize their economic potential through new partnerships and resources.

Under the enhanced community economic support initiative, the provincial government will bring communities together to promote five regional collaborations, provide economic development training and up-to-date information about what works and what doesn’t, and support local governments as they advance their investment strategies.

“We are committed to helping communities throughout the province foster economic growth and reach their full potential,” said Pat Bell, jobs minister.

“The enhanced community economic support initiative will expand on what government is already doing by providing additional resources both online and in person so regions can capitalize on their assets, and we can create jobs for B.C. families.”

The ECESI will include:

* Regional economic collaboratives: Working with communities and regional partners, priority economic initiatives with a regional impact will be identified in five regional sessions.

* Economic essentials for local government leaders: The government will deliver leadership training workshops in the eight development regions throughout B.C.

The workshops will inform and empower local governments to identify and advance their own economic assets and strategies with a particular focus and emphasis on investment readiness.