Community, Regional and Tourism Economic Development
We have worked with over 200 communities in North America on various aspects of community, regional and tourism economic development. This work includes the preparation of economic development and diversification plans and strategies, industry cluster and competition analysis, feasibility studies for community facilities, marketing plans and strategies, community surveys, downtown revitalization strategies, change management, and customer relationship management projects.
Economic Impact AssessmentWe have undertaken numerous economic impact assessments of new ventures, events or facilities at the national, provincial, state, regional and local level. We focus on the incremental economic benefits of new development upon the area of concern, using standard economic impact frameworks that determine the impact in terms of jobs, additional income, tax benefits, etc. We have access to input-output models and frameworks. We also have our own approach to the measurement of local impacts resulting from new developments in a community.
We focus particularly upon the incremental, or additional, benefits that a particular new operation brings into the community or region. We do this rather than simply tracking expenditures that would have been made in the community anyway. We determine how the operation changes the structure of the local or regional economy, and the new wealth generated in the area as a result. We have also undertaken assignments involving the assessment of the viability of projects eligible for funding through international lending agencies. Our services include:
First NationsOur focus is on fostering economic self sufficiency and self reliance through the development of: economic development projects, public policy; program development skills; program implementation skills and governance structures. We carry out assignments for First Nations, Associations of First Nations, Companies, Government and individual entrepreneurs. The following areas are of special focus.