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Spotlight

Western Alumni Gazette - Spring 2014


Building Strong Cities

"In today’s global economy, standing out from the crowd is key for any municipality wanting to attract outside investment. But if your city doesn’t have the established reputation of a New York, Moscow or Beijing, potential foreign investors might not even know you exist."

Kadie was profiled in the Spring 2014 edition of the Western Alumni Gazette for her work; helping communities position themselves to compete in the global marketplace.

Click here to read the article (pdf)

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Training and Development

We give you the tools and training needed to manage your local economic development planning and branding campaigns when you need a little extra oomph but don't have the budget to fully outsource. You're the expert on your community but sometimes you need a little capacity building. This is where we can help.

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Training and Development

We give you the tools and training needed to manage your local economic development planning and branding campaigns when you need a little extra oomph but don't have the budget to fully outsource. You're the expert on your community but sometimes you need a little capacity building.  This is where we can help.

You and your team have the talent to develop a campaign or marketing strategy aimed at attracting talent, tourism, or trade.  Let us give you proven specific strategies, tools and tactics to deliver.

Place Brand Campaigns

Live two-day workshop covers:

  • Eight types of campaigns and how to decide which is best for your economic development goals.
  • The 5 most valuable research and data analysis sources for place brand campaigns
  • Three must-have elements in your brand narrative to support economic development
  • Six clear stages to define a visual and verbal narrative that connects with your audience and attracts investment, tourism, and talent
  • Formats and proven strategies in designing and delivering place campaigns for investment, tourism, and talent

Training includes campaign management templates, brand development and delivery worksheets, and proven research and analysis tools.

"Kadie helps people innovate and become more excellent at what they do.  Her place brand campaigns training program provides the processes and tools that have enabled our municipal partners to advance local economic development in a measurable meaningful way." - Pascal Lavoie, Municipal Partners for Economic Development Asia

We’ve interviewed countless colleagues and they told us their biggest frustrations in community and economic development.  Remarkably, everyone we spoke with had the same challenge: communicating with elected officials, and using social media for community and economic development!  So, we designed two workshops to address just that!   

  • Elected Officials and Economic Development: Getting them onside
  •  Social Media for cities, communities, and countries: untrue assumptions, and proven tactics.

Live and online workshop dates will be posted soon.

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Place Branding and FDI

Your brand narrative is inevitably linked to your economic development goals. If it’s not, we should talk. We'll work with you to position your community to attract talent, tourism, and trade.

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Place Branding and FDI

Your brand narrative is inevitably linked to your economic development goals.   If it’s not, we should talk. We'll work with you to position your community to attract talent, tourism, and trade.

Who are you? Where did you come from? Where are you going? Striving nations, states, provinces, and cities ask themselves these question over and over and over until their brand reflects their economic and community development aspirations.

We’d love to work with you to align your economic development strategies and place brand messaging.  It’s an exciting messy process that generally brings together various organizations and departments to collaborate, amplify your message, and increase investment.

"Kadie effectively brought together various municipal agencies, government partners and community stakeholders to create a cohesive brand presence amidst political and bureaucratic roadblocks.  It’s not always easy to get partners to align, but Kadie’s processes, approach, and hutzpah made it happen in a tough political climate." - Tom Monastyrski, U.S. Agency for International Development

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Advocacy and Engagement

Diplomacy isn’t just for international relations: it’s for every economic and community development professional. We help you speak with a clear diplomatic voice that can’t be ignored. Our communications strategies are designed to inform and engage community and political stakeholders on the investments, developments, and policy needed to support economic prosperity.

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Advocacy and Engagement

Diplomacy isn’t just for international relations: it’s for every economic and community development professional. We help you speak with a clear diplomatic voice that can’t be ignored.

Our advocacy and engagement process is designed to inform and engage community and political stakeholders on the investments, developments, and policy needed to support economic prosperity. The Build Strong Cities process is for every economic and community development professional state, provincial, federal or national, who has had to:

  • present a controversial program
  • negotiate with multiple stakeholders
  • advocate different levels of government
  • manage interests groups and community expectations.

"Kadie helped us build compelling arguments and offered a refreshing point of view. Through team coaching, workshops, and mentoring Kadie gave our team practical communication tactics, clear direction, and confidence in moving forward.  Our community is thriving now more than ever." - Janette MacDonald, Downtown London Business Association

We help you speak with a clear diplomatic voice that is heard.

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About

Build Strong Cities

The Company

We believe that people are the purpose of economic development: community and economic development are good when they create value, elevate potential, lift people out of poverty, and create prosperity.

We work with communities, cities, and countries that share our belief.  Our work positions our partners for prosperity, and communicates their value to global or local audiences.

Our team spans from Canada to the USA, and Australia and we have worked with over 60 cities in 16 countries.   We get excited by leaders who are ready to push the boundaries of city building so they can build better communities.

Kadie Ward

The Founder

Hello, I’m Kadie Ward.  I founded Build Strong Cities Corp. so I could bring my economic and community development colleagues from around the world inspiring content and resources to support their work.

After 12 years employed with various levels of government in local and international economic development, I was ready to launch a suite of services specifically for community, city, and country leaders who strive daily to build better futures for their citizens.

So, I founded Build Strong Cities.  Since 2012 we’ve worked with over 60 cities in 16 countries.   I love what I do and that passion pours into every project I take on.

I’m an award-winning multi-media producer and communications strategist.  Most importantly though: I am citizen of the world.  I thrive in the economies we’ve built based on pluralism and choice.   I work with these cities, communities, and countries to articulate and share their stories so they can continue to prosper.

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Travelling and working with clients in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean, I share what’s going on internationally in economic and community development, diplomacy, and FDI campaigns.

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Phone: (519) 701-9952
Email: info@buildstrongcities.com
Website: www.buildstrongcities.com
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