Imagine Kootenay focuses on highlighting the region as a great place to work, an excellent area to invest in and an amazing place to live. The project is administered and managed by Community Futures Central Kootenay with support from local governments, economic development organizations and Chambers of Commerce from across the region. Current Imagine Kootenay partner communities include: Boundary Region, Castlegar, Nelson, Nakusp, Kootenay Lake, Trail, Rossland and Area, Golden, Revelstoke, Columbia Valley, Kimberley, Sparwood and Fernie. Learn more about Imagine Kootenay at ImagineKootenay.com.
The NAEDP is a partnership between the City of Nelson, Community Futures Central Kootenay, the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce and RDCK Areas E and F. The partnership’s goal is to take a unified approach to community economic development initiatives for the city and region.
West Kootenay Economic Development Dialogue
The West Kootenay Economic Development Dialogues includes representatives of the communities of Castlegar, Nelson, Rossland and Trail from local government, Community Futures, Chambers of Commerce and other regional organizations including Columbia Basin Trust, Selkirk College, the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute, Kootenay Association of Science & Technology and the Lower Columbia Initiative. This group provides collaborative leadership in:
- identifying initiatives that enhance regional economic development;
- creating a unified voice for improving regional economic development;
- collaborating on joint opportunities and solutions to common issues; and
- learning from shared experiences.
Other economic development groups in the region include:
- Nakusp Area Development Board; and
- Slocan Valley Economic Development Commission.
Nextsteps Enterprise West Society
Nextsteps Enterprise West Society (NEWS) is a BC based society formed in the fall of 2006 by a consortium of four Community Futures Development Corporations to help communities, governments and organizations fulfill their goals for economic and community development. NEWS is able to deliver programs and services in individual communities, in regions, or province-wide. The four principals of NEWS are Community Futures Central Kootenay, Community Futures North Okanagan, Community Futures Cowichan and Community Futures Nadina. Collectively these four Community Futures organizations have over 75 years of experience responding to the social, economic and environmental needs of local communities and specifically to local small businesses. NEWS has significant community networks in the province’s four major rural regions (Vancouver Island Region, Southern Interior Region, Northern Region, and South East Region) and brings the combined resources of 65 staff, 5 branch offices, annual operating budgets of over $4.6 million, and $15 million in small business loan funds.