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with respect to community development. The modern Olympic Games were designed to have positive impacts on the host region and beyond. Their founder, Pierre de Coubertin, hoped that the Games would enhance physical education and friendly international competition. The IOC developed OGI as a means to monitor, analyse, and report on potential impacts of the Games in the context of the host city/ region/ country, especially with respect to sustainability, a central tenet of the IOC. OGI needs to be responsive to local conditions and at the same time to employ innovative and rigorous scientific approaches in order to identify Games impacts. The comprehensive approach taken by UBC of policy- driven analysis of bundles of indicators and comparative analysis of impacts in control cities is helping to advance OGI as a measurement tool that can support the sustainability of the Games over the long run. ¦ Robert VanWynsberghe PhD is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia ( UBC). His research expertise is in sustainability and the related areas of social movements and capacity building. He produced this report working with Mariana Gatzeva PhD, Post- Doctoral Fellow, UBC, Brenda Kwan MSc, Senior Policy Analyst, Olympic Games Impact Project, UBC and Robert Sparks PhD, Director, School of Human Kinetics, UBC. OLYMPIC REVIEW49 using four economic indicators to assess government spending, employment, and revenue. Through a BACI- based exploration of alternative hypotheses, our findings revealed that the number of related companies grew faster in Metro Vancouver than in the Greater Toronto Area ( in Ontario). This data was combined with the identified investments to put forward a plausible argument for an upsurge of economic activity related to the candidature and subsequent selection of Vancouver as an Olympic host as the driving factor. Whether this trend toward improved economic performance will continue through the 2010 Games and beyond will provide further evidence for the potential Games impact on the economy. It is noteworthy that this bundle also relates to potential impacts in the social sphere

50OLYMPIC REVIEW TOP PARTNERS TOPQUALITY CENTRAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES IS THE OLYMPIC PARTNERS ( TOP) PROGRAMME, WHICH PROVIDES BOTH THE OLYMPIC MOVEMENT, AND THE PARTNERS, WITH UNIQUE BENEFITS