There has not been a time in history that can compare to the current environment in the world. First, I hope all of you and your families remain healthy and safe. Thank you to the front-line workers that continue to serve our communities during this time. I think of our economic development community as front-line workers as they are the professionals that work with local businesses that are impacted significantly at this time.
The EDCO Executive Committee met last week to discuss course of action for EDCO. As you know, many of you have been very helpful in responding to some our stakeholder surveys. We are appreciative of your contributions. The Executive felt that a survey from EDCO may be a little early given the everchanging environment. EDCO feels that our role will become more important as we begin to come out the other side of this crisis through resources for communities to recover from this crisis.
In the meantime, I have been in touch with several stakeholders, the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and on several stakeholder calls with the Province. I attend now 3 x per week calls with the MEDJCT Industry Partners calls, participated with Minister Macleod on a Town Hall call, and now 2 x weekly calls with OBIAA and TIAO.
EDCO continues to communicate with colleagues across the country as well including the provincial associations and EDAC. On an international basis, regular contact with IEDC is also taking place.
EDCO created a Facebook Page for its members as a resource to have members share information. I encourage you to join the group and learn what your colleagues are doing in their communities. As resources become available, we are doing our best to communicate out through social media, our website and the Facebook group.
EDCO continues to operate safely within the guidelines set out by both the Federal and Provincial government with conference calls and staff working from their homes. We are maintaining regular business hours and services. If there is something you wish to discuss, I am a phone call or email away.
Heather Lalonde, CEO