Discussion Paper on Economic Development for the 2016 Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference
Over thirty alumni and instructors for the SFU Certificate Program for Community Economic Development signed on to this discussion paper on economic development, submitted for the 2016 Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference.
An excerpt from the paper reads:
“This paper puts forward considerations regarding economic development in particular, and how we might better integrate these priority areas with the work we do to build healthy and resilient economies for all Canadians in the diverse communities and regions in which we live, work and invest in.
A blind spot currently exists in the space between economic development, reconciliation, poverty reduction, and the important day to day experiences of Canadians engaged through local economies. In Canada’s larger cities small businesses, local manufacturing, and neighbourhood retailers are too often overlooked in the efforts to attract top tier technology firms, or resource extractive and creative industries with highly educated and highly mobile workforces. Research has shown that not only is this approach to Economic Development costly and inefficient, but too often it is also ineffective.”
This report is highly worth a read: check out the full report here.
To learn more about Community Economic Development at Simon Fraser University, click here.
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