The brilliant Portlandia has an job growth idea based in Slacker culture – see video
On a day where Mayor Gregor is out talking about the economic future of Vancouver, we're going to briefly talk about Vision's plan (or lack thereof) for jobs and growth for our city. Having fully embraced the Vancouver Economic Development Commission after at one time bad mouthing it, the VEDC now have swanky (and no doubt costly) new offices in Gastown. Gone are the offices once located in the downtown business district, begging the question does the VEDC need to build business connections, or have a better view of our harbour?
What's the VEDC's big focus today? You'd think we were joking if we said it was growing your own tomatoes, but we're not. Apparently the future of Vancouver's economy is summed up in two words: food policy. The VEDC have hired consultants to help Vancouver have better business opportunities surrounding food. Remember when Mayor Gregor didn't want to meet with reporters about Carlene Robbins jumping ship on January 28th? He locked himself up in a food policy meeting and refused to leave his office.
Is it entirely surprising that the man who came up with recipes for a suite of organic juices might stake Vancouver's economic future on our ability to can home-grown beets? Probably not. I've weighed in on the blog about local food supply and its importance, but become very skeptical at the suggestion we make shift Vancouver to an agrarian economy. ***See UPDATE at end of this post regarding a recent local food enterprise bankruptcy.
Mayor Dianne Watts is talking about Surrey like it's the shining beacon of the 21st Century, with double the population of today in forty years, and a robust economy where people actually make stuff. Where Surrey has a "can do" attitude, Vancouver apparently has a plan for canned peas.
The fabulous Portlandia program currently running stateside Friday nights on the IFC channel skewers some of the more outrageous aspects of slacker culture. There are some who think that the writers secretly did their research in Vancouver last year, modeling their hapless Portland mayor figure played by Kyle McLachlan after His Royal Hollyhockness.
Portlandia has an idea to help deal with the unemployment crisis, and it's brilliantly promoted in this faux-PSA that says people will be paid for finishing the sentences of others.
The Portlandia video reminds us about Vancouver's efforts at marketing the future as a Greenest City in this expensive promotional video – see it here. We of course found that the budget for this green marketing project started around $50,000, and is going up from there.
What do you think? How can Vancouver create a more robust economy and employ future generations? Leave your comments below.
UPDATE: TheTyee.ca has a full report on the bankruptcy of Home Grow-In Grocery Ltd. A number of local food growers had invested in this enterprise, and are now facing a financial hit. We recently mentioned Home Grow-In Grocery in our profile of small local café shops. We'll try to get more details for our readers on what has happened in the case of Home Grow-In Grocery Ltd., and if it will have any direct impact upon planning at Vancouver City Hall to get us to adopt to these local food networks.
- post by Mike. Follow @MikeKlassen on Twitter.