Gabriola Economic Development Website

Gabriola Island Chamber of Commerce

Sources of Funding
ICET Contribution:$14,000
Gabriola Island Chamber of Commerce:$14,000
Total Budget: $28,000

Gabriola Island has undertaken a number of recent initiatives to build capacity for economic development from the ground up. Results from a 2016 asset mapping study laid the groundwork for a "made-on-Gabe" economic strategy. Now with a newly hired Economic Development Officer, and established operating plan and budget, Gabriola Island has the capacity to promote its community as a place to work, live and invest.

Executing upon the strategy, this project will develop an investment attraction website that highlights Gabriola Island’s entrepreneurial-centered lifestyle and economy. The website will include a community profile and video vignettes that showcases the community’s unique value proposition identified in the strategy, and include a “virtual concierge” directing users to local businesses and services.

Once launched, Gabriola Island will have an online presence that showcases the community’s unique identity, value proposition and favorability for investment. In addition to investment attraction, the project is expected to benefit business retention and expansion, offseason tourism, local producers, and support Gabriola’s self-sustainability goals. The website will be completed May 2019.

ICET By The Numbers

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)

ICET By The Numbers

50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together

ICET By The Numbers

$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated

ICET By The Numbers

3,650
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$236
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$50.5
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$52.1
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

212
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

170
projects completed

ICET By The Numbers

36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2019-2020 ANNUAL REPORT

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