Over the past four years, the provincial government has gone from honouring communities that promote the environment to honouring communities that promote small business development. In 2007, the Campbell administration handed out its first Green City Awards to "recognize local governments that are leading the way in British Columbia, providing for greener, healthier communities for citizens." Those awards came with up to $500,000 worth of annual funding. But they were quietly discontinued in early 2009 as part of government-wide review of its grant programs. Now, two years later, the new Clark administration has announced local governments who "go out of their way to champion the growth of small business will be celebrated with a new, annual provincewide award." Although, unlike the Green City Award, the Most Small Business Friendly Community Award won't have any funding attached to it.
April 6, 2011