This CEDI Series will focus on the Stronger Together toolkit (the tookit) framework, going through the 4 stages, explaining the tools available, and sharing lessons learned in developing joint economic initiatives.
Through the First Nation - Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI) program, First Nations and municipalities are strengthening their regional economies by collaborating on service agreements, land use planning, and economic development. The CEDI program is based on the ‘Stronger Together’ approach, which is a four (4) stage planning strategy that incorporates relationship building throughout the process. Through collaboration, partners are working to reconcile past differences and build powerful new relationships based on mutual respect, understanding, and a shared vision for the future.
Based on the success of CEDI partnerships, the ‘Stronger Together’ toolkit has been developed; it provides a step-by-step process and set of tools that First Nations and municipalities can use to work together on joint community economic development. With the intention to share the knowledge within the Stronger Together toolkit, each week, the CEDI team will highlight steps, tools, and lessons learned. Download your copy of the toolkit and follow along with us as we explore relationship building, capacity building and developing joint community economic development initiatives.
Outlined in the ‘Stronger Together’ toolkit , First Nations – municipal joint community economic development (CED) is the process of bringing together two (or more) neighboring communities to develop and implement joint CED, based on a shared vision for a prosperous future for members and residents of both communities and the broader regional economy.
Joint First Nation-municipal CED can be more complex than conventional CED because it brings together communities and economies with their own unique priorities, jurisdictions, histories and cultures. It requires strong relationships and the commitment of time and resources from each community to plan and coordinate their economic activities.
There are many benefits of joint First Nation – municipal CED, to name a few: a stronger, united voice for engaging with businesses and other levels of government, increased ability to access funding, and cost savings for service provision, due to higher efficiencies and less duplication.
Download your copy of the toolkit and follow along with us as we explore relationship building, capacity building and developing joint community economic development initiatives. Next week we will share information about who should be involved in the joint CED process.