2014 Community Futures Community Economic Development Forum
Community Futures Central Kootenay hosted the 2014 Community Futures Economic Development Forum in Nelson, BC on May 27 and 28. In keeping with Community Future’s mission to support community economic development (CED) in our regions, Community Futures in the Basin Boundary host an annual CED Forum to bring together community economic development partners to learn, share and identify opportunities to collaborate to drive community economic development. In identifying a theme for this year’s event the topic of broadband came up immediately. Communities throughout the Basin Boundary are working towards enhancing their technology infrastructure and have the opportunity to use that infrastructure to drive their economy as well as to improve their social, environmental and cultural well-being.
To view the Forum highlights video click here.
- Examples of benefits include:
- future-proofing our communities by increasing our appeal to investors;
- retaining and attracting youth and knowledge workers to our region;
- enhancing innovation in our region;
- enhanced ability to “in-source” new jobs and work remotely;
- improved lifestyle through access to remote education and tele-health; and
- improving convenience and services for citizens.
The CED forum provided insight into:
- How the Basin/Boundary economy is changing;
- The growth of internet dependency;
- Broadband applications for businesses;
- The effect of broadband availability on business retention, expansion and attraction;
- The City of Stratford and their experience in strengthening their digital economy;
- The Intelligent Communities Forum’s five pillars for being competitive in the broadband economy;
- Local businesses and the barriers and challenges they face with retaining and recruiting knowledge workers;
- The assets currently in place to strengthen the broadband economy, the gaps that exist and what needs to be done to fill those gaps; and
- How we can collaborate to support a transition to a broadband economy.
Video highlights, presentations and resources from the Forum are provided below.
For a pdf version of the agenda, click here.
To view video highlights from the Opening Comments, click here.
Presentations, Panel Discussion & Roundtable Exercise Highlights
Planning the Transition to a Broadband Economy: What does the Research Tell Us?
Terri MacDonald, Rural Innovation Chair, Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute.
For a pdf version of the presentation click here. To view Adopting Digital Technology video profiles click here .
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Business Retention, Expansion & Attraction through Broadband Applications
Amber Hayes, Co-Founder C3PrO & Basin Business Advisors Program Manager.
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To view video highlights from Amber’s presentation click here.
KEYNOTE: Strengthening Your Digital Economy
Paul West, Rhyzome Networks, Stratford, Ontario
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People: Who, Where, How…Here? Panel Discussion: How do we retain and attract knowledge workers to our region?
Facilitated by KAST’s Andrew Zwicker. Panelists include Darren Peloso, RKO Business Solutions; Jim Firstbrook, Thoughtstream; Amanda Laughton, Pacific Insight; and Garry Kalinski, Nelson & Area Economic Development Partnership.
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Roundtable Discussion: Strengthening our Broadband Economy: Needs Analysis
Participants were asked to conduct a needs analysis of one of the pillars of the Intelligent Community’s Framework as it applies to the Basin Boundary.
For a summary of the exercise and notes click here.
Economic Development Practitioners Panel Discussion: How can we collaborate to leverage broadband to drive CED?
Facilitated by Mike Stolte. Panelists include Alan Mason, Revelstoke; Tom Thompson, Nelson & Area Economic Development Partnership; Terry Van Horn, Lower Columbia Initiative; Mayor Greg Lay, Village of Kaslo and Lisa Kilpatrick, CBT.
To see video highlights from the panel discussion click here.
Community Broadband Project Roundtable
Community representatives were invited to share updates on where communities in the Basin Boundary are at with expanding broadband infrastructure. The focus was to understand what steps have been taken and are going to be taken to improve connectivity in the region. Representatives from the following communities provided updates:
|Boundary||Community Futures Boundary||Wendy McCulloch|
|Castlegar||Broadband Task Force, Chair||Everette Surgenor|
|East Shore||East Shore Internet Society||Bob Carter|
|Nakusp||Nakusp and Area Development Board||Marilyn Rivers|
|Nelson||Nelson & Area Economic Development
|Colin McClure, City of Nelson
& Tom Thomson, Nelson Chamber
|Revelstoke||Economic Development Officer||Alan Mason|
|Trail||Broadband Task Force, Chair||Don Freschi, CF Greater Trail|
|CBT||Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation||Aimee Ambrosone, COO|
Paul Wiest of Cornerstone Consulting who was engaged by the Nelson & Area Economic Development Partnership to research community broadband models and engage and seek feedback from the business community presented a Summary of Lessons Learned and Potential Challenges identified in his research. For a pdf version of Paul’s Nelson Broadband Final Report click here.
Links to existing community broadband project websites are provided below.
Nelson & Area www.nelsonbroadband.com
Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation www.cbt.org/Initiatives/Broadband
To have your community’s broadband project information added to this site please contact Andrea Wilkey at firstname.lastname@example.org.