SPTC and CARILED hold Local Economic Development consultation
Monday, December 14th, 2015
On Tuesday, December 8th The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) through the Caribbean Local Economic Development Project (CARILED) hosted a session dubbed ‘Local Economic Development Consultation’ at the SPTC conference room. The workshop was aimed at bringing island residents together (mainly members of the business community) to discuss local economic development and how they can continue to leverage some of the strength that already exists in the community in order to develop their ideas. The consultation yielded many ideas that were shared among the attendees, and were then put into an open discussion in order to expand them.
Mark Koch, representing CARILED, shared with the audience the situations of communities in Canada and how people in those communities have come together and done great things for themselves. “As part of the consultation, we had a few breakout sessions where everyone was able to discuss and come up with different ideas about different factors regarding local economic development. We also talked about marketing opportunities and how to go about it, as well as how to develop partnerships,” said Koch.
One of the group activities that were highlighted was a ‘Soar’ analysis which concentrated in exploring any additional ideas that were brought up by the group. “In this analysis, we want to extract more cool ideas from everyone that have strength, business opportunities, aspirations and ultimate results. If we come together and use all these ideas in the right way, we can get the community and ourselves moving forward smoothly,” ended Koch. He mentioned that these gatherings are a great way to learn from each other and come up with solid plans that will benefit the entire community. Koch encouraged everyone to come together when is necessary, put suggestions on paper and get them to the next level for the growth of San Pedro Town.
The SPTC and CARILED would like to thank everyone who attended the consultation and look forward to have more of these sessions in the future.
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