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Castlegar and District Economic Development Program takes next steps

Due to the success of a three-year pilot project, The Castlegar and District Economic Development Committee (CDEDC) is moving forward with developing a subsequent five-year Strategic Plan.

The Economic Development Strategic Plan will beaggressive, ambitious and provocative in identifying the long-term economic development goals for Castlegar and District. The Plan will include a multi-year, tactical implementation plan focused on marketing, investment, and business attraction, retention and expansion.

This next step is possible because of the successes of the CDEDC pilot project which focused on regional collaboration, supporting new and existing businesses, marketing and the creation of a website and investors guide.

“Economic Development Manager, Mark Laver, delivered the pilot in collaboration with the community, funders, Chamber of Commerce and Destination Castlegar,” says Tammy Verigin-Burk, Executive Director of the Castlegar Chamber of Commerce. “As the program draws to an end, we’re proud of the successes and look forward to using this work as the platform for developing a long-term strategy.”

With the three-year pilot concluding Dec. 31, 2019, planning is already underway for the community-driven Economic Development Strategic Plan. Public engagement will begin in early 2020 and the findings will be used to establish an ongoing Economic Development Program by fall.

Should you have questions or interest in the Castlegar & District Economic Development Strategic Plan, please contact Tammy Verigin-Burk at the Castlegar Chamber of Commerce cdcoced@castlegar.com or 250.365.6313.