Economic Development Survey Findings

On June 14th UBCM, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training (MJTST) and the BC Economic Development Association (BCEDA) jointly released the report Local Economic Development in BC at the annual BCEDA conference. The report highlights the results of a survey conducted jointly by the three associations on local economic development practices.

Conducted in March 2016, with over 400 survey respondents, the findings provide an overview of the different approaches undertaken by local governments to deliver economic development and reveal how economic development is supported, planned and monitored within communities. The findings also identify what activities communities are focusing on and what they see as their challenges and opportunities. 

This joint work survey builds on an earlier economic development survey conducted by UBCM in 2009. Interestingly the 2009 and 2016 identified the same top priority and top two barriers for communities:

  • Local business retention and expansion (BR&E) continues to be the top priority for economic development efforts, followed by tourism and cultural activities, and attracting external industry, business and resources.
  • The two most significant internal barriers to economic developed faced by respondents in their communities were lack of financial and human resources.

For further information about the survey and to get a more detailed breakdown of the results please go to the MJTST website.

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