Economic development

Strategy, partnerships, and collaboration.

A DIY approach to economic development is always under control of the community. The Leaky Bucket concept helps communities to explore ways to retain the money that is already flowing into and around the community, and to prevent it flowing out. https://coady.stfx.ca/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/OP9.pdf
The .pdf describes one way the concept has been used by small rural communities. From the Coady Institute in Antigonish, N.S: https://coady.stfx.ca/coady/

Regional economic development

The Comox Valley continues to be one of the fastest growing regions in the Province of BC. Several regional and local organizations let you stay in touch with evolving strategies about economic developments that can affect your business. Sign up for their newsletters!

Comox Valley Economic Development Society

CVEDS is a non-profit society with annual funding from the City of Courtenay, Town of Comox, and the Comox Valley Regional District areas A, B and C. Focus areas include business, technology, tourism and agriculture, and it has extensive programs and resources.

The Islands and  Sunshine Coast

Vancouver Island Economic Alliance

VIEA has grown in both membership and stature to become a respected voice wherever the Island economy is being discussed. It is a collaborative partnership spearheading regional economic development for the Vancouver Island region.

Becoming a member of VIEA offers networking, opportunities to participate in regional economic initiatives, access to shared resources, and more. Learn more about membership benefits.

The Vancouver Island State of the Island Economic Summit brings together businesses and stakeholders on Vancouver Island to understand the State of the Island Economy. Register here for the October event.

Island Coastal Economic Trust

ICET  has been at the forefront of economic diversification, planning and regional revitalization in the Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast region since 2006.

ICET’s mission is to be a partner and catalyst to build a diverse and sustainable Island and Coastal Economy. This is primarily achieved through strategic investments in key economic sectors, leveraging new funding and investment to the region, fostering collaboration and support for community economic development readiness. Get Reports here.

Provincial organizations

A short province-wide list of economic development organizations compiled by the BC Government.

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