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The town of Kipling first initiated a basic planning statement through bylaw number 4-87; this bylaw received third reading in November, 1987.
Early in 2010, the Town of Kipling saw the need to initiate a new community economic development plan to revitalize the community and take advantage of the strong regional and provincial economy. Upon receiving support from council, the town administration and economic development officer began making arrangements for community input into the planning process. Edie Spagrud, from Saskatchewan South East Enterprise Region Inc. was contacted to facilitate a one day planning workshop. The upcoming event was aggressively advertised throughout the community in September and October, 2010. Everyone interested in the future of Kipling were asked to participate, including municipal councillors and administration, businesses, community groups, people from health care and education, seniors, youth, newcomers….citizens representing a wide spectrum of the community – no one was excluded.
The economic development planning workshop took place on Saturday, October 23, 2010 in the community civic centre. Over thirty people gave up their busy schedule to plan the Town’s future.
What is Community Economic Development & Strategic Planning?
Community economic development is a process (not a project) to determine and pursue suitable and desirable growth in a particular community. A certain type of growth in one community may not be suitable or even desirable in another community. (Some communities want to be a desirable place for seniors to live; others want to attract certain industries while others want to be a centre for education and technology)
Community economic development (CED) is a holistic approach to enhancing community well being and business development. It encourages communities to take ownership of their own economic future and to chart the path its citizens are willing and able to follow for community success and sustainability.
Community economic development arises out of the needs or wishes of local people to improve their environment for themselves and for future generations.
Community capacity is a matrix of people skills, knowledge and abilities as well as community infrastructure and resources that enable that community to progress over time, without losing what citizens feel makes that community special. To develop community capacity, local citizens must exhibit commitment, take initiative and show leadership.
Community leaders must ask themselves, “How can we be better or different from other communities?”
“What is our ‘niche’? In the modern world, there is ever increasing competition for municipal services, housing, community amenities, recreation, education, entertainment, etc. People want — and expect a high standard of living, where ever they chose to live.
Strategic planning is a community’s process of defining its strategy or direction for the future, and making decisions for allocating resources to pursue this strategy, including its capital and people.
In many communities, strategic planning is viewed as a process for determining where the community is going over the next few years (typically 3 to 5 years), although communities are encouraged to extend their vision to 10 or 20 years.
In order to determine where it is going, a community needs to know exactly where it stands now, and then determine where it wants to go and how it will get there. The resulting document is called the“strategic community economic development plan.”
It is true that strategic planning is a tool for effectively plotting the future direction of a community; however, strategic planning itself cannot foretell exactly how the economy will evolve and what issues will surface in the coming days. Therefore, strategic innovation and tinkering with the ‘strategic plan’ have to be an ongoing process for a community to be sustainable in turbulent economic times.