New Downtown Eastside Community Economic Development Strategy Approved!
The DTES Community Economic Development Strategy, which lays out a shared vision for building a more inclusive economy in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, has been approved by Vancouver City Council.
On November 30th the DTES Community Economic Development Strategy (Phase II) was unanimously approved by Vancouver City Council. In addition to the $175,000 already invested by the City of Vancouver into the co-creation process, the CED Strategy recommends another $350,000 in cash for strategic initiatives of the next phase of the CED Strategy. Perhaps more importantly, the DTES CED Strategy represents a comprehensive shared vision for building an inclusive economy, and lays the foundation for further collaboration amongst inner city organizations and the City of Vancouver, as well as corporate and senior government partnerships.
More than 693 hours were spent by inner city organizations, residents, activist groups, and BIAs on co-creating the CED Strategy. The Local Economic Development Lab Manager, Kiri Bird, supported the co-creation committee in the role of facilitator to the process.
The strategic directions and key actions of the CED Strategy include the following:
The Council Report states:
“If successful, the CED Strategy can help us move collectively beyond crisis response, to long-term actions that help reach goals in the DTES Plan, Healthy City Strategy, City of Reconciliation Framework and work underway on Mental Health and Addiction and Poverty Reduction.
By utilizing the impressive range of talent, local assets, knowledge and experience available in the community the City’s resources can help community partners achieve these outcomes by enhancing the range of work already underway in the DTES and assisting in the development of new programs and projects to fill gaps and build towards major opportunities in the near future.”
Read the full Council report: Downtown Eastside Community Economic Development Strategy.
Simon Fraser University CED Certificate Program student Himy Syed videotaped most of the presentations to Council on November 30th, which are posted to his Youtube channel including:
- Wes Regan, CED Planner, City of Vancouver
- Alisha Maxfield, CED Coordinator CEDSAC
- Kiri Bird, Facilitator CEDSAC, Local Economic Development Lab
- Colin Stansfield, Co-Chair CEDSAC, Potluck Café Society
- Davin Boutang, Resident, Binners’ Project
- Landon Hoyt, Hastings Crossings BIA
- Matt Smedley, Mission Possible
- Wilson Liang, Resident, Strathcona Residents Association
- David LePage, Buy Social Canada
- Maria Wallstram, Carnegie Community Action Project
- Ayesha, Carnegie Community Action Project
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