Cranbrook Tourism: A Bold and Inclusive Master Plan

With a new Tourism Master Plan, the City of Cranbrook has taken a holistic approach to maximizing the benefits of its thriving tourism industry and guiding overall economic growth. The community’s ‘look and feel’ is already changing as it rolls out the plan, which was supported by grant funding from ETSI-BC.

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Inaugural Summit a Canadian First for Kootenays’ Rec-Tech Sector

Rec-Tech is taking hold in the Kootenays! With support from ETSI-BC, Kootenay Outdoor Recreation Enterprises (KORE) hosted Canada’s first conference for outdoor gear makers and designers last fall in Kimberley. More than 100 delegates from across Western Canada came together to learn, network, collaborate and innovate. The wildly successful first event now promises to be held annually, with the second event coming up in October 2023.

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From Numbers to Insight to Action

Data is a vital tool to help make better decisions for economic developers, organizations, communities, and regions. It allows for evidence-based decision-making about important issues such as: where to put time and effort, how best to support current and new projects or businesses, and which projects are the most important at any given time. Good data helps measure the impact of these decisions over time too.

ETSI-BC understands the importance of data in telling the stories of our region, and is committed to supporting individuals, organizations and communities to use data to their advantage.

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The Power of Partnerships in Rural Economic Development

The economic landscape in the Kootenay region of BC is vibrant and proactive, thanks to the dedication and partnerships of a vibrant group of key stakeholders, which ETSI-BC, the Economic Trust of the Southern Interior, has been able to support and learn from.

As a regional economic trust, ETSI-BC helps communities in the Southern Interior of BC to realize their economic development aspirations, providing funding, resources and knowledge. The Board of ETSI-BC held one of its quarterly board meetings in Nelson BC in June 2023, and hosted a roundtable of local economic development practitioners from the region which produced valuable insights for rural economic development practitioners throughout Canada and beyond.

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Revelstoke Commercial Kitchen Incubator Helps Food Producers Grow

Food security has become a priority for the rural mountain town of Revelstoke in the Columbia-Shuswap region. To encourage more local food production, the Community Connections (Revelstoke) Society established a commercial kitchen incubator to help local food producers scale and move into value-added processing. ETSI-BC was pleased to provide funding support for this project, which has achieved several healthy outcomes.

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Strategic Plan Guides Business and Economic Growth for Tḱemlúps te Secwépemc in Kamloops

The timing was right in 2022 for the Tḱemlúps te Secwépemc (TteS), to create a strategic plan for their Business and Economic Development Department. A new Chief and Council was elected in 2021 to lead the community over the next three years, a competent and motivated staff team was in place, and the appetite for reconciliation and collaboration with Indigenous people was strong.

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Solid Business Plan Key to Development of BC’s Largest Food Hub

Value-added processing is the low-hanging fruit for food producers wanting to scale up their businesses, and food hubs can be the catalyst to do this. The Okanagan Food and Innovation Hub is slated to open in Summerland in 2024, as the largest node in BC’s food hub network. The project is based on a comprehensive five-year plan created with support from ETSI-BC.

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Entrepreneurship Training at the Post-Secondary Level Boosts Economic Development in the Region

Post-secondary institutions play a vital role in helping develop entrepreneurial and job-readiness skills, both of which are vital for a thriving regional economy. The Economic Trust of the Southern Interior (ETSI-BC) provides funding to each of the six public post-secondary institutions (PSIs) in the Southern Interior to equip students and graduates with entrepreneurial and job-readiness skills. ETSI-BC hosted the second annual PSI roundtable in March 2023 to encourage the institutions to foster connections and share best practices. Read how these institutions are helping grow the regional economy through skilled employees and new ventures.

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