Nature of the Project: It was the longest strike in British Columbia history, the Japanese market for wood products disappeared and in a community of 30,000 people, there was nothing but complaints and finger pointing. Patrick Marshall, while serving as the Manager or Property and Economic Development proposed the hosting of a “Community Summit” designed to bring everyone together. It happened in 1998, 200, and again in 2002.
Scope: More than 60 community organizations were asked to send a representative to the Community Summit held at the local College. Mr. Marshall engaged Mr. Gord McIntosh, who at the time was offering strategic planning support to municipalities. Over a two day session, representatives ranked and prioritized business, community, economic development and public infrastructure. Many of the priorities had been on plans and in concept for more than 25 years. The “Top 15″ list was created and everyone began the process of marshaling scarce resources and met every two years to assess progress.
Impact: Patrick Marshall left Campbell River in 2007. All 15 major investments had been achieved for Campbell River representing more than 800 million in investment and follow on impacts..