Nelson and Area Economic Development Partnership

The Nelson and Area Economic Development Partnership (NAEDP) is an innovative collaboration between the City of Nelson, RDCK Electoral Areas E and F, Community Futures Central Kootenay, and the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce.

The Nelson and Area Economic Development Partnership was formed so that local and community economic development opportunities in and around Nelson could be pursued jointly, efficiently, and effectively.

Who We Are

2023 Nelson and Area Economic Development Partnership Advisory and Coordinating Committee Members

What We Do

Each year, the Nelson and Area Economic Development Partnership (NAEDP) supports community economic development projects and initiatives in Nelson and area.  

The NAEDP’s 2023 Strategic Priorities are used to guide the partnership. Currently, we are working to: 

  • Address the lack of workforce housing; 
  • Find solutions to workforce shortages; 
  • Provide timely business training opportunities on topics such as disaster preparedness, how to sell a business, and how to manage workforce shortages; 
  • Support the Arts, Culture and Heritage sector as it recovers from the impacts of the pandemic;  
  • Continue our #ThinkLocalFirst to support local businesses;  
  • Encourage investment attraction; 
  • Provide climate action supports to our business community; and,  
  • Advocate for the needs of our community at all levels of government. 

Projects We Support

Nelson & Area Economic Development Partnership Report Cards

Business Resources

2022 Advisory Committee: Front row (left to right): Tom Thomson, Tanya Finley, Andrea Wilkey. Middle: Darren Davidson, Ashley Elliott, Stuart Horn, Bob Wright. Back: Devin Scott, Melanie Fontaine, Am Naqvi, Kevin Cormack. Not pictured: Ramona Faust, Sydney Black, Cal Renwick, Keith Page, Tom Newell, Bob Hall, Carmen Proctor, David Harasym, Dianna Ducs, Ken Kalesnikoff, Lorri Fehr, Peter Lonergan, & Randy Richmond.
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