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Community is the most important part of community economic development

Marlo Campbell

Manitoba's community economic development network is filled with people committed to improving their communities from the ground up. They work hard, often in the face of complex challenges, and their passion and determination is both humbling and inspiring.

I'm reminded of this every time I attend a CED gathering - such as the one held Oct. 23 at St. John's High School.

About 400 people showed up for the day-long conference, organized in partnership with the Canadian CED Network (a national organization that does research and helps local initiatives build capacity) - a diverse mix of youth outreach workers, policy wonks, co-op worker-owners, representatives from funding organizations and government departments, social workers, city workers, students and community-centre volunteers, all eager to learn from each other.

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