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CED Conference Invitation
Happy New Year William!
Thanks for sending us your announcement of the community banking list.
that is a very welcome addition to the CD/CED family on internet. Please
feel free to drop other such announcements on ced-net from time to time.
Below is our announcement of our conference. Would you please post it to
your list? I have not yet gotten back a computer response to my
subscription attempt, or I would do it myself.
We look forward to working with you again.;
Thanks a lot,
Simon Fraser University
The following conference is being organized by the Simon Fraser University
CED Centre. We invite you to attend, and also, to pass this information
long to anyone else, or any other list you think might be interested. Our
CED-NET@sfu.ca (to subscribe: firstname.lastname@example.org, subscribe CED-NET
YourFirstName YourLastName) is available for discussion of any topic of
interest to this conference.
Thanks a lot
PREPARING FOR NOW!
A Conference on Community Tools and Strategies for Economic Renewal
June 15-17, 1995
SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver
* Putting Structural Change in Perspective
* Local Economic Strategies in a Changing World
* Successful Development for First Nations
* Looking at Communities Most Likely to Succeed
* CED and Social Development
* Enhancing Local Financial Capacity
* Governments as Facilitators
* CED: Changing the Shape of the Future
Communities in virtually every region of British Columbia are facing major
economic change, right NOW! Those with economic bases in forestry, mining,
energy, and fishing, in particular, are caught in processes of global
restructuring and environmental re-assessment. But no community is immune
to job loss and social dislocation.
Yet, communities that are urban, rural, First Nations, north and south, are
taking the initiative to renew their economies and social fabric.
Community leaders and everyday citizens along with business people and
government officials are looking for integrated ways both to create jobs
and address social problems.
Self-management of the local economy is increasingly recognized as a viable
approach to both these priorities.
_A Working Definition of Community Economic Development:_
CED is a process by which communities can initiate and generate their own
solutions to their common economic problems and thereby build long-term
community capacity and foster the integration of economic, social and
(Based on Ross-McRobie Report, 1987)
_The Conference Goal:_
To provide the opportunity for local stakeholders, and all those engaged
in CED practice, to share knowledge and experience of "best practice",
innovation, practical tools and down-to-earth strategies for community
renewal that can be applied NOW!
This conference will build on these local initiatives that draw communities
together. Moreover, the tools they need are available - NOW! - to develop
sustainable economies and healthy communities. "Preparing for NOW!" will
make accessible to communities tools that they can employ in managing their
_A Shortlist of Proven CED Tools_
* Import substitution and value-added programs
* Community loan funds
* Local barter programs
* Community land trusts
* Community self-assessment
"Preparing for NOW!" will bring together interested citizens, community
volunteers, community economic development practitioners, business people,
local and regional government officials, researchers, teachers/academics
and consultants, the private sector, government, and First Nations.
Community stakeholders from all parts of the province will be encouraged to
An essential feature of the Conference is to put delegates in touch with
people in other communities to share their stories of economic change and
The Conference will promote hands-on learning experiences in a neighbourly
environment. CED tools will be presented in appropriate settings -
demonstrations, clinics, workshops, displays, and panel discussions - by
people with direct experience in their use.
Participants will have immediate access to ideas, experience and
information for matching their chosen strategies with the best practices
available today. Publications and audio-tapes of presentations and
self-help manuals will also be available.
Community strategies for self management, strengthening sustainable local
economies, building new institutions, enhancing financial capabilities, and
exchanging information, will be presented for roundtable discussion.
To establish the larger context, speakers will focus on key concepts
underlying structural change and the power of communities to respond.
A program to link up Conference participants and others in the CED field
has been established. It will enable a direct and personal relationship
among Conference planners and participants prior to, during, and following
The Connections Program will function through telephone, fax, e-mail, and
regular mail, to allow all participants to establish connections.
Conference issues, discussion papers, and participant suggestions will be
There is no charge for participation in the Connections Program, nor is
there any need make an advance commitment to attend the conference. Simply
contact us by telephone, mail, fax or by e-mail. E-mail access to the
Connections Program will begin early in 1995.
(received by March 31, 1995): $275
Full Registration: $325
Registration at the door: $365
For those who may be prevented financially from attending, we are planning
a subsidy program. Please write to us about this aspect of the conference.
For further details, and inclusion in the Preparing for NOW! mailing list
and Connections Program, we invite you to contact us by mail, phone, fax or
e-mail - NOW!
COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
Simon Fraser University
Phone: (604) 291-5850
Fax: (604) 291-5788
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