© 2019 Invest Southeast Alberta

 202, 556 4th Street Southeast

 Medicine Hat, Alberta

BR+E & WD

The purpose of the BREWD project is to foster a more competitive business environment that provides business and industry the economic support systems they need to grow and succeed.

BUSINESS WILL BENEFIT BY:

  • a unified voice;

  • challenges / opportunities identified and prioritized;

  • a business directed plan of action;

  • service providers and business aligned and committed to work together and take action; and

  • creation of a strong competitive business environment where business can grow and succeed.

OBJECTIVES

  • Enhance cooperation and consensus among business, government and economic development organizations.

  • Provide support/information to address immediate individual business issues and opportunities.

  • Encourage, support and facilitate human resource planning and labour market adjustments for the area.

  • Accurately asses needs of local businesses, including workforce challenges; develop a corresponding action plan for economic prosperity.

SCOPE

The project will be implemented in the City of Medicine Hat, Redcliff, Bow Island, and all businesses that draw employment or provide supplies within the one hour commuter-shed of Cypress County and County of Forty Mile.

The teams include four key groups of volunteers who will visit businesses and make decisions about what should be done to help local businesses survive and thrive. A total of 6-8 hours of time will be requested of each team and volunteer.

  • Leadership Team: "Mobilizers"
    Mobilize the community and manage the project and teams.

  • Business Visitation Team: "Advocators"
    Promote and encourage business to complete the survey.

  • Workforce Team: "Advisors"
    Advise on current and future workforce needs, changes and challenges.

  • Task Force Team: "Strategizers"
    Set priorities and develop action plans for implementation and ongoing monitoring and evaluation.

 
 
 

BACKGROUND

70-80% of new jobs come from existing businesses.

 

Process / TIMELINE

BUSINESS RETENTION AND EXPANSION (BRE) PROPOSED TIMELINE

April 2019 - October 2019

September 2019 - October 2019

  • Survey Business Community: Develop survey and conduct one-on-one interviews and online survey.

November 2019 - December 2019

  • Prepare Survey Research Report: Compile and present findings from primary and secondary research (scans, visitations, engagement) and determine overarching themes / opportunities.

January 2020

  • Facilitate a Research Review Meeting: Discussions with Leadership Team and Workforce Team to assess the Survey Research Report to provide further advisement and identify potential solutions / projects.
     

February 2020

  • Host a Task Force Retreat and Set Priorities: Engaging a broad cross-section of community leaders to provide further insight and advisement to set priorities and determine which priority projects will be led to action and who will lead them forward.

April 2020

  • Host Economic Growth Forum: Community celebration and official launch of the projects moving into action. The forum will serve to communicate the commitment of the city, local business, organizations, and institutions to the growth of the business and the economy.

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT (WD) PROPOSED TIMELINE

April 2019 - October 2019

  • Complete Current Workforce Profile: Identify existing pressures employers will face to attract and retain labour.

  • Environmental Scan: Scan emerging trends, issues, and business environment including workforce retention and attraction strategies.

September 2019 - October 2019

  • Future Workforce Demands: Determine the future needs of business considering the emerging trends and issues identified in the environmental scan.

  • Workforce Gap Analysis: Analyzing the data and identifying gaps between workforce supply and demand.
     

November 2019

  • Facilitate a Research Review Meeting: Discussions with Leadership Team and Workforce Team to assess the Survey Research Report to provide further advisement and identify potential solutions / projects.
     

February 2020

  • Host a Task Force Retreat and Set Priorities: Engaging a broad cross-section o community leaders to provide further insight and advisement to set priorities and determine which priority projects will be led to action and who will lead them forward

  • Strategy Development: Develop strategies and complementary activities to address workforce gaps and potential surpluses.

  • Prepare Summary Report of Priority Actions: Outlining projects ranked in order of priority and project leaders to implement actino.

April 2020

  • Host Economic Growth Forum: Community celebration and official launch of the projects moving into action. The forum will serve to communicate the commitment of the city, local business, organizations, and institutions to the growth of the business and the economy.

ONGOING TASKS (BRE & WD)

Begin Implementing Actions Plans

Leaders are positioned and dialogue begins for initiating a plan for action.

Evaluate Project and Montior Progress

Measure progress, align priorities, and celebrate success.