Economic Development Fundamentals Sessions

Economic Development Fundamentals Sessions
Posted on 03/06/2018

Natalie Gibson, Economic Development Expert for InnoVisions &  Associates, was at the County office on Tuesday leading sessions on the fundamentals of economic growth.

Tuesday morning the training was attended by Council, members of the Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) and members of the Management Team. Gibson also led an afternoon session for Councillors and members of the CDAC and, on Wednesday, will lead a session for Council.

The training focuses on some of the key elements of economic development including strategic planning, the process of economic development and the pillars of economic growth and community sustainability.

Gibson pointed out that, according to the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC), “80% to 90% of new business investment comes from your existing business community,” and encouraged the County to develop goals, strategies to support those goals, value proposition(s), target audience(s) and then messages and methods of delivering them to the chosen target audiences.

The sessions were organized by Ula Knelson, Community Development Coordinator for Saddle Hills County.

Saddle Hills County has an Economic Development Department /

Community Development DepartmentThe Saddle Hills County Economic/Community Development Department reports to the Director of Economic Development and is responsible for facilitating and promoting economic development in order to support healthy communities, economic diversification and population growth.

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Natalie Gibson (right), Economic Development Expert for InnoVisions &  Associates, is seen addressing one of the three sessions on Economic Development Fundamentals given to Council, members of the CDAC and staff. From left: Director of Community & Protective Services , Brian Ballard, Rural Development Manager, Elaine Armagost and Director of Planning and Information Systems, Laurie Jackson.


Community Development Advisory Committee (Left to right): Natalie Gibson, Economic Development Expert for InnoVisions & Associates, Denise van Rootselaar (CDAC), Rebecca Fitzsimmons (CDAC), Ula Knelson, Community Development Coordinator, SHC, Deputy Reeve Kristen Smith, Carla Day (CDAC), Corry Heinricks (CDAC), Doug Yanichewski (CDAC), Andrew Hicks, Legislative Officer, SHC.