Posts Categorized: Economy

Emerging Economy Initiative: Survey

Share your experience of local business and entrepreneurship in Edmonton

I’m spearheading a new initiative through Edmonton City Council: the Emerging Economy Initiative. I’m trying to develop the mandate and direction for this project, and most importantly, to determine what supports are needed for Edmonton’s local business community.

Encompassing creative arts, makers, small- and medium-sized independent businesses, entrepreneurs from the Aboriginal and newcomer communities, Live Local and local sustainability advocates, products, services, and ideas rooted in this city: you are at the heart of the emerging economy.

Emerging Economy aims to work collaboratively with EEDC, the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce,

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On Postponing Edmonton’s Bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games #yegcc


On February 10th, City Council voted not to proceed with Edmonton’s intended bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The City has decided, after substantial and thoughtful discussion and consultation with the provincial government, that in this economic climate pursuing the bid at this time would not be a fiscally responsible decision. The timing for Alberta – and for Edmonton – makes this decision unfortunate but understandable. Despite this setback, the city will instead shift its focus to the 2026 Games.

The City first submitted its intention to bid for the Games in February 2014, with the encouragement …

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The Emerging Economy: A New Initiative For a New Kind of City #yegcc

At the beginning of this term I took custodianship of a city initiative centered on new business start-ups. After a year of speaking to and working with a diverse array of stakeholders in this area, I experienced a lot of overlap – as well as some significant gaps – in the support offered to fledgling local businesses. Recently Council passed a motion to change the name and direction of this initiative from Startups to the Emerging Economy.

Edmonton is at the event horizon of a new type of economy – one based on original, sustainable, local and regional goods, services, …

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