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Patrick Nelson Marshall Economic DeveloperI work with a lot of local and aboriginal politicans, Chief Adminisrtators and ecobnomic developers. That’s why I advertise my services on thier site: CivicInfo.BC.Ca

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Economic Developers Association

Capital EDC Economic Development CompanyCapital EDC is pleased to be a Member of the Economic Developers Association of British Columbia. You can see our listing at EDABC.com .

The Value of Economic Development

Many communities do not understand the value of economic development and what a professional economic developer does. It is sometimes thought that community growth will happen regardless so why invest in economic development. To say investment in economic development is of value because it brings revenue to communities does not give full credit to the profession. Economic development is about building healthy and sustainable economies and therefore having healthy and sustainable communities.

How economic development helps communities:

  • Increased Tax Base – the additional revenue provided by economic development supports, maintains and improves local infrastructure.
  • Business Retention – up to 80% of job creation is from the existing business base. When economic development communicate effectively with local business they are more likely to stay in the community and contribute to the economy.
  • Economic Diversification – a diversified economic base helps expand the local economy and reduces a community’s vulnerability and dependence on a single industry sector.
  • Job Development – economic development provides better wages, benefits and opportunities for advancement. It can help create a career path within the community.
  • Self-sufficiency – a stronger economic base means public services are less dependent on intergovernmental influences and alliances, which can change with each election.
  • Land Value and Use – land and property is used for its highest and best use to maximize its value.
  • Recognition of Local Products and Services – successful economic development occurs when locally produced goods and services are consumer in the local market to a greater degree.
  • Quality of Life – more local dollars and jobs increase economic stability for the entire community, including the overall standard of living for the residents.

How economic development helps business:

  • Providing demographic profiles to companies interested in locating in the community
  • Providing the connection between business and all levels of government
  • Assistance in resolving where possible, issues related to permitting, etc
  • Assistance in making introductions to programs and services that may assist the company’s ability to grow
  • Assistance in making introductions to programs and services that may assist the company in finding new markets

The Value of Economic Development
Many communities do not understand the value of economic development and what a
professional economic developer does. It is sometimes thought that community growth
will happen regardless so why invest in economic development. To say investment in
economic development is of value because it brings revenue to communities does not
give full credit to the profession. Economic development is about building healthy and
sustainable economies and therefore having healthy and sustainable communities.
How economic development helps communities:
• Increased Tax Base – the additional revenue provided by economic development
supports, maintains and improves local infrastructure.
• Business Retention – up to 80% of job creation is from the existing business base. When
economic development communicate effectively with local business they are more
likely to stay in the community and contribute to the economy.
• Economic Diversification – a diversified economic base helps expand the local
economy and reduces a community’s vulnerability and dependence on a single
industry sector.
• Job Development – economic development provides better wages, benefits
and opportunities for advancement. It can help create a career path within the
community.
• Self-sufficiency – a stronger economic base means public services are less dependent
on intergovernmental influences and alliances, which can change with each
election.
• Land Value and Use – land and property is used for its highest and best use to maximize
its value.
• Recognition of Local Products and Services – successful economic development
occurs when locally produced goods and services are consumer in the local market
to a greater degree.
• Quality of Life – more local dollars and jobs increase economic stability for the entire
community, including the overall standard of living for the residents.
How economic development helps business:
• Providing demographic profiles to companies interested in locating in the
community
• Providing the connection between business and all levels of government
• Assistance in resolving where possible, issues related to permitting, etc
• Assistance in making introductions to programs and services that may assist the
company’s ability to grow
• Assistance in making introductions to programs and services that may assist the
company in finding new markets

British Columbia selects Patrick Marshall & Capital EDC as Qualified Supplier in 2012

Patrick Nelson Marshall Economic DeveloperProvince of British Columbia, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Ref: 65256 February 10,2012
The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation has completed its evaluation process and has determined that the following consultant in your company is eligible for placement on the eligibility list as a Qualified Supplier:
Consultant: Service Areas:
Patrick Nelson Marshall
Business Analysis and Project Management.
The Province may, in its sole discretion, from time to time, use the List of Qualified Suppliers in connection with projects or assignments. The criteria for selecting Qualified Suppliers for each project or task will vary, depending upon the requirements of the applicable project or task and could involve requiring a Consultant to have a certain demonstrated experience and proficiency level in one or more Service Areas depending on the specific requirements of the project or assignment.

Qualified Suppliers may be contacted on an “as, if and when requested” basis and may be contacted directly or asked to compete on opp011unities for the provision of the services in accordance with the selection method set out in paragraph 5.1.5 of the RFQ or as revised by the Province and communicated to all Qualified Suppliers from time to time.
Again, thank you for taking the time and effort to apply for this RFQ.
Sincerely,
A .S
Amy Schneider
A/Executive Director
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation
Regional Economic Policy and Projects

Rio Tinto Ad a Winner among Canada's Youth

The new Rio Tinto recruitment campaign has created a stir in the business community. They are so dramatic, that people are asking for the composer and copies of the music tracks. The images are big, the words are in multiple languages, and they have even beat out the creativity of the Canadian Armed Forces ads that did the job. Canada is no longer recruiting people to the Armed Forces. All opportunities have been fulfilled. There are lessons here for the people engaged in the employee retention and recruitment wars.

So if your thought your web site with drawings of trucks, sulking teenagers in school, and words like kool where good enough, think again. Riot Tinto took a page out of the inspired by Iceland campaign. Here is what they are saying on-line

I’m joining the Forces to be a pilot, but if I was interested in the trades I’d be out of my seat as soon as I saw this add! It’s fantastic, and Rio Tinto sounds like a great place to work. And what’s the song called?!

wasteofspace1234 1 week ago

AWESOME commercial! BC boy here, always loved the trades world. Was drooling throughout the whole video! Although to be honest i’v never herd of you guys before these commercials, glad to see your doing some public relations on the big! Keep up the great work up there.

YTBYlover 1 week ago

i work in the army . im currently working on battle tanks and heavy equpitment operator as and ARV Driver. Im looking towards enjoying Rio Tintos Company i wish i had more info .on the type of qualifications i need n experince .

jacson747 1 week ago

Saw this on the X-factor tonight, hunted it down thru ur corporate site (youtube search for rio tinto commercial came up with no results…maybe you could make it easier to find?) im just finishing highschool and this really caught my attention and made me want to work in the canadian natural resources industries. thanks.

fluffybun0 1 month ago

Saw a version of this commercial on TV tonight on X-factor. What a great approach to recruitment. The people who put this together should be commended, not just for insightful HR approach, but for putting a great face on mining in Canada as well. The shorter version of the commercial, captures every bit of the excitement I feel about working in the industry. Thank you.

TwistDahlia 1 month ago 2

http://jobs.riotinto.ca/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9A5en5zK14&feature=channel_video_title

Google+ Plus at Hubspot

Marshall Development Up Indicator ArrowThis book has been helpful to Capital EDC customers. On November 7th, Google+ finally opened its doors to companies. With more than 40 million users, having a business page on Google+ is the perfect channel to grow followers and interact with your community.

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Maggie Georgieva
Inbound Marketing Manager

Apply Trendwatch to your Operation

Patrick Marshall on a Noprway FjiordTake a closer look at this site. Trend Watch is a great way to develop the story line for your business or community. Read the statements here at Trend Watch and you will be surprised at how easily it is to develop new and exciting implications for your market place and space.

BC's Top 100 and the Pareto Principle

Bud Harbidge is a Human Resource Specialist located in Victoria BCOn one hand, the article that speculates on reasons why BC’s economy is one of the least efficient in Canada is interesting, because an economist from a Vancouver based business advocacy group representing major employers, blames inefficiency on the nature of small business:

“This is counter-intuitive to a lot of people,” explains Jock Finlayson, vice-president of policy for the Business Council of B.C., “[but] the larger the enterprise, on average, the higher the output per worker.” He explains that large companies are generally able to invest more in machinery, training and technology to max out the value created in every working hour. “This suggests that an economy that is highly weighted toward small businesses is going to have a fairly low level of productivity,” Finlayson says. “And this is what we see in B.C.”

Yet, on the other hand, 75% of economic output on this list is generated by 30% of the major employers on the  Top 100 list that are, you guessed it, major employers from the resource industry. The funny thing is that you have to hand count them because the magazine doesn’t follow standard definitions of sectors.

There is no similar list for small and medium enterprise. You can find more out about small business at the Province of British Columbia.

Here is the real definition:

Economic Accounts: The British Columbia Economic Accounts (BCEA) are the principal estimates of aggregate economic activity in the province. They translate information on income, savings, and key economic processes such as production, capital formation, and consumption into a consistent system of statistics that can be used to explain the functioning of the economy. In addition, the BCEA contain important data on price changes and the relative growth of various industries over time.

The estimates in the BCEA are based on internationally accepted principles of economic accounting developed by the United Nations. These principles are used by Statistics Canada in preparing the Canadian System of National Accounts (SNA), which includes data at both the national and provincial levels.

What’s really interesting is that few have recognized the shift in the economy. they real economic strategy is in offering existing businesses that lack succession to new self employed or people considering start up. That’s what will ultimately sustain communities outside the two Metro bubbles.

Economic Sector: A nation’s economy can be divided into various sectors to define the proportion of the population engaged in the activity sector. This categorization is seen as a continuum of distance from the natural environment. The continuum starts with the primary sector, which concerns itself with the utilization of raw materials from the earth such as agriculture and mining. From there, the distance from the raw materials of the earth increases.

Primary Sector: The primary sector of the economy extracts or harvests products from the earth. The primary sector includes the production of raw material and basic foods. Activities associated with the primary sector include agriculture (both subsistence and commercial), mining, forestry, farming, grazing, hunting and gathering, fishing, and quarrying. The packaging and processing of the raw material associated with this sector is also considered to be part of this sector. In developed and developing countries, a decreasing proportion of workers are involved in the primary sector. About 3% of the U.S. labor force is engaged in primary sector activity today, while more than two-thirds of the labor force were primary sector workers in the mid-nineteenth century.

Secondary Sector: The secondary sector of the economy manufactures finished goods. All of manufacturing, processing, and construction lies within the secondary sector. Activities associated with the secondary sector include metal working and smelting, automobile production, textile production, chemical and engineering industries, aerospace manufacturing, energy utilities, engineering, breweries and bottlers, construction, and shipbuilding.

Tertiary Sector: The tertiary sector of the economy is the service industry. This sector provides services to the general population and to businesses. Activities associated with this sector include retail and wholesale sales, transportation and distribution, entertainment (movies, television, radio, music, theater, etc.), restaurants, clerical services, media, tourism, insurance, banking, healthcare, and law. In most developed and developing countries, a growing proportion of workers are devoted to the tertiary sector. In the U.S., more than 80% of the labor force are tertiary workers.

Quaternary Sector: The quaternary sector of the economy consists of intellectual activities. Activities associated with this sector include government, culture, libraries, scientific research, education, and information technology.

Quinary Sector: Some consider there to be a branch of the quaternary sector called the quinary sector, which includes the highest levels of decision making in a society or economy. This sector would include the top executives or officials in such fields as government, science, universities, nonprofit, healthcare, culture, and the media. An Australian source relates that the quinary sector in Australia refers to domestic activities such as those performed by stay-at-home parents or homemakers. These activities are typically not measured by monetary amounts but it is important to recognize these activities in contribution to the economy.

Haida Gwai'i working on community relations

Marshall Development Up Indicator ArrowIt was one of those business trips that you had hoped for after working in British Columbia for more than 20 years. I had the opportunity to participate in the PNCIMA Integrated Ocean Advisory Committee meetings in the Haida Heritage Centre. What an experience.

Prior to the meeting, I was given the opportunity to tour Louise Island and visit Skedans, a Haida Heritage site. While catching my breath on the beach, I had one of those overwhelming moments where your own history and mortality cause you to be thankful for what you have received and work harder on the future.

I also took time to stop in at the Village Office at Masset and say hello to Trevor Jarvis, Port Clements and the Village of Queen Charlotte VQC to see our old Government Agent, Bill Beamish, who was on a rare day off.

I stayed a couple of days so that I could present the Coastal Community Network update to the Skeena Queen Charlotte Regional District that happened to have a Board meeting in Sandspit on a Friday night. I also took the time and thanks to Area Director Evan Putterill, to present to the Haida Gwaii On Island Protocol Committee. I sure would like the opportunity to work with that group. What a dynamic groups of local leaders, making it work for their constituents. I sure would like the opportunity to collaborate with this group of people.

Offshore Technology Show Houston 2011Ocean Technology

Ocean Initiatives British ColumbiaIt was another raging success for British Columbia based Ocean Initiatives BC subscribers that exhibited at the worlds largest Offshore Technology Show in Houston. In the British Columbia exhibit, coordinated for OIBC by Capital EDC Economic Development Company, we had representatives of:

ASL Environmental Sciences Ltd.
Ausenco Canada Inc.
Autoship Inc.
Axys Technologies Inc.
Corvus Energy
Jastram Technologies Inc.
Manly Closures Ltd.
Ocean Networks Canada
Pacific Rim Engineered Products
Robert Allan Naval Architects
Seabridge Marine Services Ltd.
Weir-Jones

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