Monday, September 06, 2004

Stronger Together Forum

This past March, Vancouver Agreement Partners and the Vancouver Economic Development Commission co-hosted the Downtown Eastside (DTES) economic revitalization forum titled "Stronger Together".

The Stronger Together Forum:
broadly sought to engage business and the community in a discussion of a draft Plan for Economic Revitalization in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

The plan strives for "economic revitalization without displacement".

The document highlights three key strategies
    Increase demand for local goods and services
    Strengthen supplier capabilities in the DTES
    Increase employment opportunities for local residents

On page 18, Milton Wong's "Stepping Stones to the Revitalization of the Downtown Eastside" provides an interesting context, and what he calls the first principles for revitalizing the DTES.

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