Regional Prosperity Initiative advancing economic prosperityRegional Prosperity Initiative advancing economic prosperity<div class="ExternalClass9D44BE57393D4A049632AC19CA212D2B"><p>Metro Vancouver has been engaging with important partners over the past 16 months to develop a collaborative approach to advance the economic prosperity, livability and sustainability of our region. A proposal for this independent organization will be discussed at the second Regional Prosperity Forum on September 15th.</p><p>Two projects are already underway that demonstrate how municipalities can work together to create an environment to attract new businesses while helping existing businesses to grow. These include: </p><ul><li>Creating a regional mobile business licence that enables select businesses to choose whether to operate in their home municipality, in one or more communities, or across the region; and </li><li>A joint initiative with the film industry to help reduce the paperwork involved in getting municipal permits for filming activities.</li></ul><p>The aim in both cases is to streamline the application process for businesses, but still allow municipalities to have the ability to evaluate those projects to ensure they’re in line with community objectives.</p><p>As we move forward it is extremely important that all Mayor and Councils, CAOs, economic development officers, business licence managers and film coordinators have the opportunity to participate in these discussions. Four sub-regional dialogues will take in place in the month of July - the details are outlined below - and I strongly encourage you to get involved.</p><ul><li>July 21: Element Hotel, Burnaby</li><li>July 24: Pinnacle at the Pier, North Vancouver</li><li>July 25: Langley Events Centre, Langley</li><li>July 26: The Anvil Centre, New Westminster</li></ul><p>The dialogues are scheduled from 11:30 to 2:30 and will begin with a lunch buffet. </p><p><em>Photo Caption: </em><em>The Regional Prosperity Initiative draws a diverse group of members. From left: Miro Cernetig, Partner and Co-Founder, CityAge; Robin Silvester, CEO, Port of Vancouver; Gregor Robertson, Mayor, City of Vancouver; Martha Piper, Interim Vice-Chancellor, UBC; Tony Geheran, Executive Vice-President, Telus.</em></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Issue33-RPI.jpg2017-06-29T07:00:00ZGP0|#4559f831-3b17-4c2c-8f55-ad81859dc712;L0|#04559f831-3b17-4c2c-8f55-ad81859dc712|Issue 33;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassD186CC3DF71743118BB303290D3A8317"><p>​Metro Vancouver is engaging with important partners to develop a collaborative approach to advance the economic prosperity, livability and sustainability of our region. A proposal for this independent organization will be discussed at the second Regional Prosperity Forum on September 15th.</p></div>0