Montgomery County, MD built a mixed-use, environmentally-sustainable building to consolidate staff
Montgomery County built the Wheaton Headquarters to consolidate staff from multiple locations into one centralized building. The LEED Platinum-certified building contains a variety of sustainability features including geothermal heating, integral solar panels, green roof areas, etc. The 14-story building houses over 900 government employees across six county departments. The project was designed to encourage economic development, improve efficiency, and facilitate cooperation among agencies.
Montgomery County, MD
Alice Springs, NT spurs local economic growth with myAlice Discount Voucher Program
Local residents receive $40 AUD in myAlice digital vouchers each day until funding is unavailable. Participating inns, restaurants, and shops accept vouchers as discounts for their goods and services. The town council reimburses each business for the discounted amount. Alice Springs plans three rounds of myAlice funding totaling $400,000 AUD with assistance from the territorial government.
Alice Springs, NT
Leeds City Council, GB launched "Rediscover Leeds" campaign to help industries recover from COVID-19
Leeds City Council launched the "Rediscover Leeds" campaign to help the city's key industries recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign was designed to encourage residents to explore the city's rich tourism, hospitality, leisure, business, and cultural industries. The Council wants visitors to engage with the city through local shopping, eating at an independent restaurant, attending a historic tour, exploring local hiking trails, etc.
Leeds City Council, GB
Leeds City Council, GB launched "Employment and Skills Leeds" website to create job opportunities
Leeds City Council launched the new "Employment and Skills Leeds" website to help residents access work, training, and education opportunities. Visitors can find a job using the Leeds Employment Hub, an internship via Leeds Apprenticeship Hub, or locate adult learning courses through the Leeds Learning Hub. The website also provides employers with advice and guidance for recruiting new workers or upskilling an existing workforce.
Leeds City Council, GB
Welland, ON launched the "Made in Welland" website for prospective entrepreneurs and investors
The City of Welland's Economic Development Department launched the "Made in Welland" website for prospective entrepreneurs. Users can access economic resources, community assets, and various tools for starting or growing a local business. The website was designed to attract potential investors and market Welland as a manufacturing leader in Ontario. The website focuses on key sectors such as Advanced Manufacturing, Food Processing, Business Services, and Sport Tourism.
Oklahoma City, OK partners with local organizations on crowdlending initiative through Kiva U.S.
The city provides funds to the Economic Development Trust for a local hub of Kiva's crowdlending service. Nonprofit Progress OKC will recruit small businesses, review campaign applications, and advise participants throughout the process. Participating businesses conduct one-month campaigns for up to $15,000 in loans from a global network of one million lenders. This initiative opens a new avenue for small business funding with zero-interest loans and three-year repayment timelines.
Oklahoma City, OK
Mount Gambier, SA takes to social media for Big, Small - Support Us All local commerce campaign
The council, the local chamber of commerce, and project partners created social media accounts for the initiative. Local businesses of all sizes that supported the campaign were promoted on these accounts. Residents who liked, shared, and tagged friends on posts about Big, Small - Support Us All were entered into a drawing for 10 shopping vouchers worth $100 AUD each. Mount Gambier designed the campaign to recognize the diversity of local companies in the area.
Mount Gambier, SA
Thunder Bay, ON sells new ventures on a growing local market with new economic development website
The city-funded Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) details markets and services available to entrepreneurs. A Site Selector section explains how CEDC teams help businesses find the right lots for their industry, workforce, and customer base. Incoming ventures learn which areas of Thunder Bay can unlock their potential on the Regional Hotspots page. Website users also learn how they can work with CEDC to navigate permits and incentive programs.
Thunder Bay, ON
York, WA connects Shop Local Campaign incentives with residential property tax payments
Shire leaders recruited local businesses to accept York Dollars issued to residents. Each household paying its property tax in full receives $50 York Dollars plus a 1.5% tax discount. Quarterly tax payments yield $20 York Dollars for participating residents. The $340,000 Shop Local Campaign fund pumps money into the local economy with additional programs for business grants and revenue replacements for community events.
Wairoa District Council, NZ launched "Shop Local and Win" weekly drawing to reward local shopping
Wairoa District Council launched the "Shop Local and Win" campaign to support local retail businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic by encouraging shopping. During the campaign, any customer who spent at least $30 at any participating local business was eligible to enter into a weekly drawing. Eligible shoppers submitted entries by writing their phone number on the back of their receipt. Each week during the campaign one lucky shopper won a $100 credit to spend at a participating local store.
Wairoa District Council, NZ
Fife Council, GB launched the Kirkcaldy Gift Card to encourage shopping and support local businesses
Fife Council partnered with Town and City Gift Cards to launch the Kirkcaldy Gift Card. The Kirkcaldy Gift Card was designed support local businesses by encouraging residents to shop. The Kirkcaldy Gift Card is a pre-paid Mastercard which remains valid for one year and can be redeemed across over 20 town centre businesses. The gift card can be purchased online and loaded with any amount ranging from £5 to £500.
Fife Council, GB
Kawartha Lakes, ON adapts Starter Company PLUS program to support small businesses during COVID-19
The Kawartha Lakes Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre selects up to seven entrepreneurs for each cohort. Experienced business owners provide guidance on concept development, planning, and operations over three training sessions. Program graduates qualify for up to $4,000 CAD each in funding to start or expand their companies. Kawartha Lakes adjusted the program to train and fund participants for COVID-19 adjustments like touchless payments and outdoor points of sales.
Kawartha Lakes, ON