Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:12

Regional Innovation Chair (RIC) in Rural Economic Development

The work of the RIC is based on regional priorities and partnerships with local and regional organizations and businesses. By supporting evidence-based planning and decision-making, the RIC aims to improve the economic climate of regional rural communities.

The RIC was formally established in 2006 to conduct a program of research in rural economic development. The position is supported through an endowment established under the BC Leading Edge Endowment Fund, which included matching funding from non-government sources.

Goals of the Regional Innovation Chair

Based on a foundation of applied research and outreach, the goals of the Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development are to:

  • Develop the capacity in the region for sound decision-making in matters related to economic development, through the provision of relevant research data and analysis, together with related skill and capacity development;

  • Assist in the diversification of the regional economy through the promotion of innovation and technology transfer in existing and new enterprises; and

  • Support provincial and national networks that undertake applied research on the revitalization of high amenity, highly rural communities and regions.