LED Fellowship Program
August 9-27, 2011
The LED Fellowship Program of the MLED project took place on August 9-27, 2011 and enabled a team of Ukrainian participants to have a better understanding of best practices in Canadian municipalities related to local economic development. In turn, the participants of the program will help Ukrainian municipal partners to develop related "demonstration projects" that will fulfill the strategic objectives related to their local economic strategic plans in Ukraine. The demonstration projects will be developed and adapted based on LED best practices that are identified through engagement with the Canadian municipal partners of the project.
The overall delegation consisted of twelve (12) participants that were divided into three (3) different teams. Members of each team undertook visits to 4-5 Canadian partner municipalities over a two week period where they gathered data, participated in meetings, engaged with local municipal employees, etc. in order to develop a better understanding of economic development best practices that are facilitated by Canadian municipalities (i.e. business incubators, investment readiness strategies, industrial corridors, public private partnerships, etc.).
- Team #1 traveled to Durham, Regina, Moose Jaw, Medicine Hat and Edmonton.
- Team #2 traveled to London, Brandon, Virden, Weyburn and Strathcona County.
- Team #3 traveled to Halifax, Winkler, Winnipeg and Edmonton.
At the completion of the fellowship program, the Ukrainian team members participated in a wrap-up workshop in Edmonton to share findings and develop a common approach to disseminate LED modules overviews to Ukrainian partners. The ultimate goal of this effort was to build capacity and greater understanding amongst the Ukrainian participants to enable them to assist/support local communities either on their own or with the support of specific Canadian expertise to develop various demonstration projects that may in whole or in part be funded by MLED.