The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) has spent many years focusing on research, business and economic development activities for the technology, creative, green and impact industries, including startup support, high-impact investment attraction, and policy advocacy. We also carefully monitor the health of other major industries: tourism, manufacturing, agriculture, trade, construction, natural resource, education, and the creative industries, to name a few. The health of these industries is crucial to the wellbeing of our region.
With every part of the economy straining to weather the pandemic, this crisis has spurred an unprecedented level of collaboration, reprioritization and discussion in the economic development ecosystem on how to work more closely to provide relief at every level, and to every community. This is a perfect moment in time to question the goals of economists and economic development while urging ourselves forward: are economists and economic developers focusing on the right questions? Monitoring the right metrics? Are we thinking like 21st century economists?
Who have economists and economic developers left behind?
Who are we continuing to leave behind?
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Published: February 25, 2021
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