Edmonton is faced with a heightened level of national and international competition to attract financial capital, workforce talent and business investment. That’s the context for the City as it begins to develop an economic development strategy, called The Way We Prosper.
The strategy is one of the City’s six strategic plans.
The City vision describes Edmonton in the future as an economic powerhouse. The economic development strategy will provide the direction for how the City can play a lead role in the development of a diverse and prosperous economy.
The strategy is being prepared in collaboration with Edmonton Economic Development Corporation and in consultation with a wide range of local business leaders, educational institutions, community organizations and federal and provincial agencies engaged in economic development.
The strategy is being developed over the course of 2012 with the final product being a plan that will guide the economic development priorities of the City.
I’d like to invite you to provide your ideas on The Way We Prosper. An online questionnaire is now available to gather the ideas of Edmontonians. We are also holding focus groups at the end of February 2012 and an economic development workshop in the spring. Watch for opportunities to participate in those forums.
The City has hired an impressive team of experts to draft the strategy, led by Millier Dickinson Blais, one of the country’s leading economic development firms with offices in Alberta and Ontario. They are joined by Western Management Consultants based in Edmonton; Location Strategies from Ontario; and Queen’s Executive Decision Centre at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
The team has considerable experience in economic and industry research, sector strategies, business attraction strategies, performance measurement for economic development, strategic planning and community engagement.
For more information and to access The Way We Prosper questionnaire visit www.edmonton.ca/thewayweprosper.