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Focus on developing human resources to support a green economy

The City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) announced today that Campus-City Collaborative’s (C3) second initiative, The Green Workforce Development Symposium, will be held Friday, March 2, 2012. The purpose of this symposium is to understand private sector needs for green jobs, assess current green curriculums, and identify training and education opportunities for students with respect to green jobs.

“C3 is driving innovation towards Vancouver’s growth as a mecca for the green economy by drawing on the creativity of student leaders from across the city,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Together with industry experts and the VEC, the C3 Green Symposium will help us map out a strategy to create the kind of green jobs that will keep our local economy competitive and resilient.”

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Two years after the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the Metro Vancouver Commerce (MVC) 2010 Business Program is reporting continued success. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) was commissioned to produce a report that provides an update on last February’s one-year-out published figures. The latest report now pegs direct foreign investment resulting from the MVC Program at $194M, generating $350M in economic impact and benefits, and $179M in GDP growth.  The Program will result in nearly 3,000 new jobs throughout Metro Vancouver.

These statistics build on the $300M in economic impact and benefits and the 2,500 jobs reported in 2011, one year after The Games took place, demonstrating that the Metro Vancouver Commerce 2010 Business Program successfully leveraged the economic opportunity of the 2010 Olympics.

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Made in VancouverMayor Gregor Robertson joined representatives from local start-ups Growlab and Ayoudo at the closing of the Cities Summit to launch ‘Made in Vancouver,’ a community resource for local start-ups to show their pride in Vancouver’s burgeoning start-up community.

In just 24 hours since Made in Vancouver launched, over 50 local start-ups have already signed on to take part.

“The battle for cities to become digital start-up centres is competitive, and Vancouver is competing with international talent in the US, Europe, Asia, and around the world,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. “‘Made in Vancouver’ is all about fostering a stronger digital community in Vancouver, providing connections and resources for budding entrepreneurs and building tomorrow’s tech leaders.”

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 Good morning, and welcome. And a very special welcome to those of you coming here from beyond Metro Vancouver.

 We’re all grateful to the Coast Salish First Nations, in whose traditional territory we’re gathered today, for their generous hospitality.

I want to thank Chancellor Taylor and Chris Gailus for presiding over our Summit today.

Most of all, I want to thank each of you for joining us for two very busy days and for taking on the challenge of city-building.

And I want to take just a few minutes this morning to talk with you about that challenge. Because we’re only now coming to realize just how enormous it is.

City-building — sustainable, long-term city-building — is one of the most significant challenges we’ve ever faced. I don’t just mean in this generation. But ever.

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The City of Vancouver and its economic development agency, the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), announced Wednesday the Campus‐City Collaborative (C3): an initiative to bring together the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) and six post‐secondary institutions to work together towards the City’s green economy targets. This innovative program is the first of its kind in Canada.

The six post‐secondary institution partners represented in C3 are the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Langara College, Simon Fraser University (SFU), The University of British Columbia (UBC) and Vancouver Community College (VCC).

The main objective of C3 is to secure Vancouver’s international reputation as a mecca of green enterprise. City Council adopted the C3 resolution last June and since then, three projects have been implemented over the course of the year: CityStudio (August – Dec 2011), Green Workforce Education Conference, and a Research Collaboration Symposium (early 2012).

“Cities are driving innovation and job growth, especially in the field of green enterprise,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “C3 represents a unique way for our post‐secondary institutions and students to participate in tangible job growth, and is an innovative way of increasing Vancouver graduates’ job‐readiness for the growing green economy.”

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