State of Business Vitality in Rural Alberta Communities

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 A recently completed study examined the results of 12 rural Alberta communities (Acme, Olds, Castor, Coronation, High Level, Peace River, Smoky Lake, Smoky River MD (as several communities), Strathmore, Vulcan, Hinton, and Rocky Mountain House) that had participated in the Business Vitality Initiative (BVI) between 2008 and 2012. The Business Vitality Initiative (BVI) helps communities assess their capacity to work with and support entrepreneurs, and to foster small business growth. The BVI measures the perceptions of community leaders, business people and citizens about the current business environment in their community and compares the results to an average of other communities to determine possible short and long-term actions the community can undertake to improve its business friendliness. This study looks at the results of the BVIs, analyzing average scores, key themes, common recommended actions, key success indicators, and the results of the initiatives, with the hope of improving programming and policy decisions that can improve the state of the economy in rural Alberta communities.
Study summary.

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This information published to the web on June 25, 2013.