City of Abbotsford Economic Development Strategy

Date: 2016 to 2017

EcoPlan worked with the City of Abbotsford to develop an economic development strategy that provides the team from the City of Abbotsford’s Economic Development department with direction, objectives, strategies and actions to guide their work over the next three years. Given the importance of relationship and partnership building to successful economic development in Abbotsford, focused stakeholder engagement and communication was at the core of the planning process. Through an Innovation Forum, and other forms of engagement (e.g., a business survey, stakeholder interviews, survey follow-up interviews) over a dozen stakeholder groups and 160 individuals from local business, local and provincial government, non-profit organizations and area First Nations were involved during the four phases of work. The resulting strategy consists of 18 actions spread across five strategies; many of these actions were developed with the help of a range of stakeholders and were designed to be practical and achievable, and focused on addressing local priorities.