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Developing a sustainable, diverse economy on Haida Gwaii
MIEDS is the economic development agency for the 3 Municipalities and 2 Regional District areas on Haida Gwaii. Scroll down to read project updates and a summary of the society, and use the links to the left to find more information on our operations.
The Annual Report for 2015/16 and Plan and Budget for the upcoming year were approved at the MIEDS AGM on May 3rd in Port Clements. Go to the News and Reports section of the website to view the documents, or check out the Annual Report Summary for a quicker read. The Society will be hiring a new EDO later this year, and continuing work on the Community Forest, Tourism, Love Haida Gwaii, and Grant Writing over the summer.
Recent Strategic Planning
Reviewing and re-setting our strategic direction is essential to effective operations. MIEDS Board members were joined by elected officials and senior staff from our communities at the end of February for a full day of Strategic Planning. If you have feedback on our work or suggestions for MIEDS' priorities, please contact your local representative or MIEDS staff. Our Strategic Direction for 2016 is explained in this document.
Haida Gwaii Business Walks 2015
Last October, MIEDS organized Haida Gwaii's first Business Walks with Northern Development, Community Futures, and the Villages, Regional District, and Haida communities. Staff and elected officials spent a week talking to businesses in all of our communities about the successes and challenges they face. Almost 80% of the 89 businesses contacted are steady or growing, and many face common challenges in employee recruitment and BC Ferries. MIEDS will be presenting the results to the Village Councils, Regional District Board, and Band Councils in November/December. Read the Final Report here, and contact Cameron if you have any questions or suggestions.
Tourist Visitor Survey Results
MIEDS conducted a visitor exit survey in 2015 with assistance from Parks Canada. Some initial results of this survey were shared at the Tourism Forum on September 19th. Initial findings include:
- 81% of visitors to Haida Gwaii are over 45 years old
- 52% of visitors are from BC, 20% are Albertan and 12% American
- ¾ of respondents have an annual income of over $40,000
- 30% of visitors spent $1,000 - $2,000 on the islands during their trip
The slideshow is available in the News and Reports section of our website. We hope that this information helps our local businesses and organizations in our efforts to support the tourism industry on islands. For further information, contact Cameron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presenting the new HG Local Food Logo!
Looking for local food on Haida Gwaii is about to get easier. The new logo, designed by Dominic Legault, will help increase awareness of local products and producers. Signs, labels, stickers, and tote bags have been produced with funding from the Investment Agriculture Foundation (read the press release here).
MIEDS and the Graham Island East Coast Farmers Institute, look forward to seeing the new logo across the islands. Please contact us if you would like to use these materials on your products!
What is MIEDS?
The Misty Isles Economic Development Society (MIEDS) was established in 2008 following the initialing of the Land Use Plan. A non-profit society dedicated to economic development, MIEDS represents the communities of Masset, Port Clements, Queen Charlotte, Sandspit, and SQCRD Area D (rural Graham Island). The organization was created to enable coordinated efforts between island communities and pursue joint economic development activities.
Economic development accords were signed by the communities and the Haida Nation, and represent shared economic development priorities that provide direction in moving our island communities forward (Economic Development Accord & Economic Development Understanding).
The MIEDS board is composed of representatives from the 5 communities. Board members for 2014-18 are: Andrew Merilees (Masset), Doug Daugert (Port Clements), Sabrina Frazier (Queen Charlotte), Mike Racz (Area D), and Bill Beldessi (Sandspit). MIEDS staff are Mary Lou Von Niessen (Admin/Tourism Manager) and Alissa MacMullin (Grant Writer). The Economic Development Officer position is vacant until October, 2016.