Local Economic Development

At EcoPlan, we help local governments and Indigenous communities prepare for long-term economic growth by focusing on ideas, impact, and implementation, while moving beyond beyond reactive, fad-driven planning.

EcoPlan offers targeted capacity building and technical support in the development and delivery of strategic plans for economic development. We help local leaders to make the best use of their resources, assets, and skills.

We have years of experience in the following:

  • Economic development strategies
  • Guidebooks and tools
  • Economic feasibility studies
  • Highest and best use studies
  • Governance and service delivery models
  • Implementation support
  • Sector specific studies and strategies (e.g., tourism, agriculture)
  • Economic development / innovation forums
  • Regional economic development
  • Economic development and reconciliation


Download our Local Economic Development brochure here.

 Interested in training or capacity building? Contact us.

Figure: EcoPlan’s approach to local economic development


Cormorant Island Joint Economic Development Strategy (‘Naamgis First Nation, Village of Alert Bay)

Elevate Abbotsford Economic Development Strategy (City of Abbotsford)

Strategic Planning Toolkit for Local Economic Development (BC Ministry of Jobs, Trade, and Technology)

Growing Malcolm Island Economic Development Strategy (Mount Waddington Regional District)

Local Economic Development for Yukon Communities – Guidebook and Workshop Series (Yukon Government)

Employment Lands Strategy (District of Squamish)

Salt Spring Island Economic Development Plan Update (Capital Regional District)

Economic Development Strategy (Village of Cumberland)

Economic Development Strategic Plan and Community Branding (District of Lantzville)

Promoting Economic Development Through Strategic Planning: Guidebook and Toolkit (UN-Habitat)