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Guide for Elected Councillors

This is a practical guide for elected local government officials. It briefly looks at the role of council in economic development before the role of councillors is described. As a part of the council team, you represent the local community and bring important perspectives and skills to council decisions.

Many councils employ economic development professionals to provide strategic advice on development policies, programs and services. However, the role of an elected councillor is to set the strategic directions of council.

You are not expected to be an expert in all fields. But you can play an important role in making sure your council is ready to take advantage of the opportunities of the local economy. Asking the right questions and framing the appropriate policy environment can lead to positive results for your community.

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Guide for Elected Councillors


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