Economic Development Planning
for Municipalities

Online: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 | Time: 12:00-2:15pm ET / 9:00-11:15am PT

Building an Economic Plan for Community-Wide Success

Economic development planning is a critical foundation for shaping a vibrant, sustainable, and economically competitive environment in a community or region. In the wake of COVID-19, many communities will face the daunting challenge of rebuilding their local economies and business zones as the digital economy takes hold. Significant advantages can accrue to those organizations that move aggressively to refine, rethink, and redesign their economic development strategy. 

Public Sector Network’s Economic Development Planning for Municipalities virtual event will equip attendees with the tools and ideas they need for creating vibrant and resilient rural communities for the long term. The event will also share economic growth strategies at the municipal level and solutions for economic recovery and expansion plans.  

Your Expert Speakers

Joani Gerber

Chief Executive Officer, investStratford
Stratford Economic Enterprise Development Corporation

Chris Rickett BES, MPA

Director, Municipal and Stakeholder Relations, Valuation and Customer Relations
Municipal Property Assessment Corporation

Dallas Gislason

Director of Economic Development
South Island Prosperity Partnership (Victoria, Canada)

Raphael Costa

Director, Economic and Cultural Development
City of Vaughan

Jonathan Wheatle MBA, PMP, ITIL

Director, Economic Strategy
The Regional Municipality of York

Stephannie Schlichter

Director, Economic & Creative Development
City of Barrie

Samuel Lau

Director, Business Development
Environics Analytics

Key Takeaways

A must-attend event for public sector organisations looking to:

Develop economic development strategies to successfully navigate and seize new opportunities in a changing economic environment

Adopt the latest digital tools and technologies to attract new business and development opportunities

Implement a collaborative approach to align resources with economic development efforts to achieve a more sustainable community


  • 9:00am PT & 12:00pm ET

    Welcome from PSN

  • 9:05am PT & 12:05pm ET

    Opening Remarks from the Chair

  • 9:20am PT & 12:20pm ET

    Government Keynote: Realigning Your Growth and Development Strategy: Learning to Adapt for the Digital Economy

  • 9:35am PT & 12:35pm ET

    Platinum Keynote: Digital T55pxransformation in Economic Development: Integrating Technology into Your Economic Development Strategy

  • 9:50am PT & 12:50pm ET

    Government Case Study: Building Sustainable Communities: New Economic Development Models to Revitalize Local Businesses and Communities

  • 10:05am PT & 1:05pm PT

    Government Case Study: Creating Liveable Cities: Embracing Community Diversity as a Competitive Advantage

  • 10:20am PT & 1:20pm ET


  • 10:25am PT & 1:25pm ET

    Gold Spotlight: Session from Environics

  • 10:40am PT & 1:40pm ET

    Panel Discussion: Creating a Stakeholder Culture in Your Local Economic Development Planning

  • 11:10am PT & 2:10pm ET

    Closing Remarks from the Chair & End of session


What’s included in your registration:

Virtual Presentations

Hear from public sector leaders about the latest trends and exploring how to instantly apply these insights and gaining unique perspectives


An opportunity to engage with the inspiring speaker panel and peers in the live Q&A and polling to discover answers to shared challenges

Leading Technology Solutions

Hear  from solutions providers in the government space as they explore key technologies to improve citizen services


Receive on-demand access to session content after the conference on the complimentary Public Sector Network social learning platform

Complimentary for public sector employees only *

Event Partners


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Interested in Sponsoring? Contact Scott Knight by email ([email protected])

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