Greater Halifax Partnership: A Catalyst for Economic Growth
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Greater Halifax Partnership: A Catalyst for Economic Growth



The Greater Halifax Partnership is a catalyst for economic growth and confidence in Greater Halifax, the economic hub of Atlantic Canada....

The Greater Halifax Partnership is a catalyst for economic growth and confidence in Greater Halifax, the economic hub of Atlantic Canada.

We have deep insight into the city’s emerging trends and changing needs because of committed involvement and unequalled private sector investment, and government support. Staying one step ahead of opportunities and issues, we mobilize resources to accelerate the economic growth of Greater Halifax.



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  • Jim Donovan to presentTurn back to Stephen
  • Dick to present . . . The Economic Strategy is a five year plan. We have completed year 3. It has 5 Goals, 94 Actions, 30 OutcomesThe goals are focused on our people, our creative community, our awareness, our partnerships and our business climate. The Economic Strategy Committee is working to ensure alignment amongst the many organizations delivering the Strategy and setting priorities.In a moment, Stephen will review the anticipated results for this year’s Scorecard, challenges and possible responses for each goal area.
  • Dick to presentI’m going to speak to roles . . . .OWNER: Halifax Regional CouncilThe Strategy is owned by HRM, on behalf of the whole community. HRM has lead responsibility for 40 actions. For its part, most of HRM’s responsibilities under the strategy are carried out as part of existing operations.SCOREKEEPER: Chamber of Commerce: As an advocate for business, the Chamber is responsible for reviewing and issuing the yearly results on the Scorecard and our collective progress to date. This report will highlight progress, areas moving forward but still below target and areas of concern – gaps – that are not moving forward quickly enough to meet long-range targets. CHAMPION: Economic Strategy CommitteeThis committee includes representatives of many organizations responsible for delivering activities under the Strategy. Focus is in two areas: setting priorities and aligning the efforts LEAD AND/OR SUPPORTING: >50 Other Organizations: In addition to HRM and the Greater Halifax Partnership more than 50 organizations also play a lead or supporting role in the delivery of the actions, including Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency, Nova Scotia Business Inc., Destination Halifax and the NS Department of Economic Development to name a few key players.

Greater Halifax Partnership: A Catalyst for Economic Growth Greater Halifax Partnership: A Catalyst for Economic Growth Presentation Transcript

    November 2010
  • Mission
  • Who we are
  • What we do…
  • Our Services
  • Smart Business
    • The Greater Halifax Partnership’s business retention and expansion initiative
    • To work with employers to overcome challenges and seize opportunities while establishing the most competitive business climate in Canada
    • Account Executives go face to face with CEOs and Local Managers
    • Real-time problem solving
    • Constant business climate improvement
    Results since 2004:
    • 1,900 + consultations with businesses,
    • 1,100 + referrals to action team
    • 90% + closed referral files
    • 5,000 + jobs created or retained
  • Smart Business Referrals Apr 1 2009 to March 31, 2010
  • Marketing
    • The Partnership develops and executes a variety of campaigns intended to enhance the Greater Halifax business climate and community.
    • Campaigns cover a wide range of business issues including:
    - Labour Development: immigration, youth, and talent,
    - Investment development
    - Business Confidence
    - Economic Development
  • Research & Competitive Intelligence
    • The Partnership leverages investment to research a wide variety of subjects that impact the success of doing business in Halifax. Our in-house experts synthesize economic data from leading sources and deliver it in understandable and relevant terms.
    • Research from the Greater Halifax Partnership includes:
    Challenging Myths Around Attitudes Towards Growth and Development
    Halifax Handprint - Attracting and Retaining Young Talent to Greater Halifax
    Halifax's Finance and Insurance Industry: Our Opportunity
    Best Practices in Employee Attraction, Recruitment and Retention in Manufacturing - Working Guide
  • Investment attraction
    • The Greater Halifax Partnership works with businesses and government to create a climate that encourages business to flourish.
    • The Partnership has been pivotal in creating projects that create optimal and attractive business conditions:
    Halifax Gateway Initiative
    Growth is Good initiative
    Hub Cities Strategy
    Economic Strategy
    Talent Strategy
  • Investor Relations
    • Our Investors make the partnership, and without them we couldn’t do the work that we do.
    • We work to secure the ongoing support & involvement of the private and public sector
    • The Partnership offers a range of investor benefits including:
    • Access to information and research;
    • Enhanced profile and exposure
    • Involvement in a wide array of related networking opportunities
  • Community Economic Development
    • We realize that the best chance for a great future is to ensure that the entire community has what it needs to grow.
    • We have partnered with African Nova Scotia representatives to create programs and campaigns to engage the community. One such initiative is Ujamaa which aims to:
    • Foster of strong sense of unity of action and a focal point on ANS issues in Nova Scotia
    • Achieve commitments for significant new sources of long term funding focused on ANS priorities
  • Labour Force Development
    • We’re helping employers understand the huge gaps in talent availability and the need to address their human resources attraction and retention practices.
    • Our aim is to make Greater Halifax the global city of choice for workers – for those who live here and those who would like to.
  • Labour Market Development: Talent
    • Our aim is to make Greater Halifax the global city of choice for workers – for those who live here and those who would like to.
    • In response to the pending labour shortage, we created the Greater Halifax Talent Strategy
    • Immigrants
    • Young & Emerging Professionals
    • Priority Youth
    • ANS Community
  • Governance
    The Greater Halifax Partnership is:
    • A Public/Private organization
    • Governed by an independent Board of Directors
    • 18 members
    • Representing the private and public sector
    • More public than private
    • Services contract with the municipality
  • Board of Directors
    13 voting members:
    • 6 representing investors
    • 5 representing the Community-at-large
    • 2 representing HRM Council
    5 Ex-Officio members:
    • HRM Mayor
    • CAO HRM
    • Rear Admiral of Maritime Forces Atlantic
    • Deputy Minister, NS Department of Economic and
    Rural Development
    • Vice President, Nova Scotia for ACOA
  • Greater Halifax Partnership & HRM
  • Implementing HRM’s Economic Strategy
  • Economic Strategy Goals
    5 Goals, 94 Actions, 30 Outcome Measures
  • Economic Strategy Governance Framework
    Strategies For Success – HRM’s Five Year Economic Strategy
  • Public Accountability – Halifax Chamber of commerce’s Annual Scorecard
  • Partnerships and Accountability
  • 25
    2009-10 Budget (Revenue)