“A review of local planning documents shows that as well as community specific goals, each community on Vancouver Island is working towards three common goals: a diversified economic base, improved relationships with neighbouring First Nations, and sustainability,” stated Cori Lynn Germiquet.
2011 State of the Island Economic Summit
Linking Island Leaders Project: Where there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved
“Together we can achieve much in all things…just imagine the strength of committed individuals all working towards a common focus…to create a legacy for all communities on Vancouver Island. Any regional strategy will only become a reality through collaboration,” stated Rick Roberts.
“Sustainable Service Delivery is the Province’s branding for a comprehensive approach to infrastructure asset management. This approach goes beyond an accountant’s life-cycle analysis. The paradigm-shift starts with land use planning,” explains Kim Stephens.
“The change in approach starts with land use planning and determining what infrastructure and services can be provided sustainably, both fiscally and ecologically. Another key message is that all those involved in land development have a role to play in achieving Sustainable Service Delivery,” states Judy Walker.
“Branded as a ‘Forum within the Summit’, the focus of this session was on solutions to the ‘Infrastructure liability’ challenge confronting all local governments. The Comox Valley regional team told their story and provided a context for open dialogue about challenges and solutions,” reports Tim Pringle.
“As infrastructure ages and fails, local governments cannot keep up with renewal and/or replacement. Fiscal constraints provide a powerful impetus for doing business differently. Green infrastructure is part of a holistic approach to ‘achieve more with less’,” explained Glen Brown.
PUBLICATION: Comox Valley Local Governments Showcase “A Regional Response to Infrastructure Liability”
Comox Valley local governments are aligning efforts, building leadership capacity and striving for consistency. “We have moved beyond continuing education solely for the purpose of professional development. We are exploring what implementation of regional policy means on the ground,” states Glenn Westendorp.
Well known for his achievements in community, organizational and economic development, George Hanson brings a wealth of experience along with a reputation for getting things done and making a difference.
“We must look outside our boundaries and work with our neighbouring communities for the betterment of all. Vancouver Island could be a test case…to show the world literally….how we can collaborate and pull things together,” stated Eric Bonham.