Metro Vancouver’s Regional Economy Task Force has done a study determining it’s time to get all the region’s different groups on the same page.
Metro Vancouver chair Greg Moore says at the moment all the different groups in the region stumble over each other trying to move forward.
“We have a lot of organizations doing economic development or regional prosperity type work but they are doing it in a silo. They are looking after their own organization or their own local government. That will still occur. We will still have Vancouver Economic Development Commission the Surrey Economic Development Office the boards of trade. What we are trying to do is be the glue to bring everybody together.”
Moore says for example – on transit and transportation – the region as whole could have put together all the data, compared it to other jurisdictions, and then work with higher levels of government on solutions.
He says while it is just an idea now, Metro will host a round-table in April with hundreds of stakeholders to hammer out how to make it happen.