November 26th, 2019 – CVRD Committee of the Whole
On Tuesday November 26 the Innovate 2030 Economic Development Master Plan presentation was given to the CVRD Committee of the Whole by the Innovate 2030 Consulting Team of Paul Blais, MDB Insight, Ruth and Keith Salmon, Salmon Communications, and Graham Truax, Innovation Island Technology Association. If you are interested in the viewing the presentation, please click the link below.
Two community open house sessions were held to allow for members of the general public and business community to hear about the Innovate 2030 project, understand where the project is in its overall life-cycle and share comments and thoughts on key questions being asked of them.
The first open house was on Monday, April 8, 2019, Courtenay Museum, it was exploratory and designed to inform the general public about the nature of the project, key milestones, and ask a few general questions.
The second open house was on Thursday, May 23, 2019, Florence Filberg Centre, with the Project Team participating in a panel discussion, and the general public invited to ask additional questions of the Project Team while reviewing a series of boards and stations with preliminary information and findings.
The Innovate 2030 plan is a contracted item within the Comox Valley Economic Development Society’s (CVEDS) funding agreement with the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD). Guided by input from an Innovate 2030 Advisory Committee, comprised of leading companies and industry associations representing a wide range of sectors and small businesses, Innovate 2030 will build a new regional economic development strategy for the Comox Valley that helps drive long-term technology and innovation initiatives within the area.
Key components of Innovate 2030 strategy will include:
Extensive engagement opportunities are a fundamental component to informing all three strategies by refining understandings of strengths, opportunities, aspirations, risks and results, garnering intelligence that builds a strong evidence based business case for necessary improvements to the regions infrastructure and business service delivery, while also identifying strategies that will lead to improved business satisfaction.
In addition to the input from the Innovate 2030 Advisory Committee, there will be numerous opportunities for businesses, industry & sector groups and the general public to provide important input including Business Surveys, Open Houses, in-person engagement Focus Groups and the Innovate 2030 Forum, with an in-person progress updates being provided at Open Houses April 8, May 23 and in local government presentations in the fall of 2019.