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Report on UBCM’s Survey Presentation by Councillor Dan Rogers Chair CED Committee Tuesday September 27, 2005 Rural Communities Session UBCM Convention.

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1 Report on UBCM’s Survey Presentation by Councillor Dan Rogers Chair CED Committee Tuesday September 27, 2005 Rural Communities Session UBCM Convention Local Governments and Economic Development

2 OVERVIEW Broadened focus from communities and resources to community economic development Survey on local government ED practices –Structures / delivery mechanisms –Budgets and staffing –Priorities and challenges –Activities and initiatives –Best practices –Areas for additional research 50% response rate, with good cross-section of responses Population 0 – % 5,000 – 9, % 10,000 – 19, % 20, % Response by population

3 ED STRUCTURES Local governments are using less formal delivery mechanisms –Voluntary Committee Structure 45% –Related Department 38% –EDO Equivalent 33% –EDO 29% –ED Dept 19% –No ED Delivery 11% Majority of local governments funding less than 1 full-time equivalent ED corporations or societies also commonly identified delivery mechanism

4 ED BUDGETS 66% of respondents reported having an ED budget - most spending less than 2 % of total expenditures on ED Most funding for ED is derived from general revenues 43 % of respondents anticipated an increase in their ED budgets Average budget tends to differ by size of local government Average Budget % With ED Budget All LGs $138,47566% $37,56044% 5, ,000 $134,68781% 10, ,000 $141,07592% 20, ,000 $106,00057% 50,000 +$476,77587% RDs$175,52967%

5 ED Priorities –Fostering local business growth - 28% –Improving the local business climate - 26% –Investment in hard infrastructure - 12% Predominant Activities –Marketing, promotion and branding –Strategy formulation and strategic planning –Infrastructure investment –Tourism ED PRIORITIES AND ACTIVITIES

6 BARRIERS TO ED Internal Barriers –Lack of financial resources - 35% –Lack of human resources - 26% External Barriers –Sector downturn - 53% –Decline in senior government service delivery - 20%

7 ADDITIONAL RESEARCH What works, when and how? –Organizational models and delivery mechanisms –ED strategic planning (the process, the plans, the implementation) –Effective local government initiatives (e.g., how do we support local business growth) External investment climate, sectors of growth etc. –What are the sectors of growth? –What is the provincial plan for BC? Where do rural communities fit in? –Where are funding opportunities? What is the role of senior levels of government, local governments? –What are the linkages between governments and other organizations? How can we best work together?

8 NEXT STEPS Comprehensive Report Conference –Promote and highlight best practices from report –Exploring linkages with other organizations –Bring all the stakeholders together Member suggestions ? Questions……?

9 Facilitated Discussion - Question 1 - What are the challenges to economic development planning that you face as a rural local government?

10 What tools would help you overcome these challenges? Facilitated Discussion - Question 2 -


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