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2014 Business Development Report Program supports business start-up, relocation, expansion and attraction
The City of Richmond is committed to being a leading business and investment destination; the success of our companies means jobs for residents and a resilient local economy. To offer our support in achieving this success, we invite Richmond businesses to participate in the Richmond Business Development Program.

Since its launch in 2013, Richmond's Business Development Program has generated 130 opportunities and directly impacted the retention of 3,652 jobs and creation of an additional 777 jobs in the community.

2014 Business Development Program Report
2013 Business Development Program Report

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Building Energy Challenge Want to save money on energy in your commercial building?
The Building Energy Challenge is a newly launched initiative by the City of Richmond to help commercial building owners, managers and tenants reduce their energy use and cut costs.

For one year, the City will support participating businesses with “Energy Coaching” – including training; assistance in accessing BC Hydro and Fortis BC incentives; and help with energy benchmarking to compare buildings’ energy use to others of similar size and function. The Energy Coaches will help participants save money and reduce pollution in their facilities.

An Energy Awards ceremony is planned for October 2015, where participants will be recognized and leaders in the challenge will be rewarded. Sign your business up by October 13, 2014 to participate.

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Resilient Economy Strategy Adopted Sets City of Richmond's economic development priorities
Richmond City Council has approved a new Resilient Economy Strategy, updating the City’s 2002 Economic Development Strategy and setting priority action items for the City’s economic development portfolio for the next three to five years.

The Resilient Economy Strategy proposes nine core initiatives and associated action items. Some of these initiatives, such as strengthening Richmond’s role as a gateway for goods import and export and increasing the tourism sector in Richmond, target industries that present growth opportunities based on Richmond’s geographic, community and infrastructure assets. Other initiatives, such as retaining and supporting existing businesses and increasing Richmond’s capacity to accommodate light industrial businesses are intended to strengthen the city as a location for a wide range of businesses.

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