Why choose Community Economic Development as a career?
It is collaborative, fast-paced and creative
Gives you the opportunity to be a catalyst for change by working with government and the private sector to build healthy sustainable communities
You have a hand in creating local economic opportunities while improving quality of life
What are some important skills of community economic developers?
What factors are involved in Community Economic Development?
What are some careers in economic development?
What does an Economic Development Officer (EDO) do?
Should be the most knowledgeable person regarding community assets, and should be the number one sales person to internal and external markets
Possesses critical thinking, great people skills, strong business background, good problem solving skills
Knows how to link to municipal, provincial and global economic development resources
Liaison between the economic development committee and/or community
Supports, encourages, and advises local businesses
Without a large support staff, the EDO must be able to work effectively with volunteers
Works to build community capacity
What training is needed?