Introducing Innovate 2030 – The new Regional Comox Valley Economic Development Strategy
Upcoming Engagement and Consultation Opportunities:
- Community Survey: Launches in April – check back for link
- Public Open House #2: May 23, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay
- Final Report Presentations to Local Government: Fall 2019
Documents from Past Engagement and Consultation Opportunities:
- Public Open House #1: April 8, Courtenay Museum
Invitation – Public Open House Participation
Two community open-house sessions will be 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 on Monday April 8, Courtenay Museum, was exploratory and designed to inform the general public about the nature of the project, key milestones, and ask a few general questions. The open-house was treated as a “World Café” style event, with a focus on conversation among small groups of people facilitated by project team members. Discussions were designed to be short (around 10 to 15 minutes), so as to allow for a rotation of people over a two-hour period.
The second Open-House on Thursday, May 23, Florence Filberg Centre will be a town-hall style event toward the Draft Strategy phase of the project, where preliminary findings will be presented, a series of questions will be posed, and the general public will be invited to ask additional questions of the Project Team. This session will also last approximately two hours, but instead of small group rotations, the event will occur over the full two-hour period.
Innovate 2030 Overview
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:
- Community Economic Development (including)
- Situational Analysis
- Community Site Selection Profile, Research and Trend Analysis
- Review and Analysis of Local Bylaws, Policies, Processes and Regulations Relating to Economic Growth
- Sector Specific Gap Analysis and Needs Assessment Including Retail
- Business Retention and Expansion Strategy
- Labour Force Development Strategy
- Agrifood/Seafood Sector Innovation
- Research and Trend Analysis
- Regulatory, Trade and Supply Management SWOT
- Review of Changing Purchasing Patterns and Methods
- Development of an Agri-Innovation Map – Pathway for Future Growth
- Technology and Innovation Growth
- Asset Mapping
- Innovation Paths
- Targeted technology industry network player identification
- Retention and recruitment strategies for technology industry
- Strategic leveraging of technology in target sectors
- Labour force considerations in technology industry
- Technology attraction strategy
Scope of Engagement and Consultation
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.