Economic Development

The Regional District of Central Kootenay collaborates with multiple stakeholders to pursue opportunities for economic development, enhance capacity-building for sustainable economic growth and diversification, and create more resilient, prosperous communities across the region.

How is economic development structured at the RDCK? The RDCK strives to empower local communities to achieve their social, environmental and economic goals. Through its sub-regional economic development services, the RDCK provides funding for a variety of opportunities for economic and cultural development. Each service primarily raises funds through taxation in its associated service area.

Economic development commissions have been established by the RDCK Board to further promote economic and cultural opportunities, and receive core funding through the corresponding economic development service. For more information on each economic development commission, please visit the Committees and Commissions page.

Economic development partnerships: Each partnership is funded in part through the RDCK’s contributions through the applicable economic development service. Find out more about each of them below.

Creston Valley Kootenay Lake Economic Action Partnership: RDCK Electoral Areas A, B and C have partnered with the Town of Creston and Yakan Nukiy (Lower Kootenay Band) to address economic opportunities and challenges in a collaborative way in the Creston Valley-Kootenay Lake area.

MORE INFORMATION: Stronger Together

North Kootenay Lake Rural Revitalization Program: RDCK Electoral Area D, working with the Village of Kaslo, and the Kaslo & District Chamber of Commerce, have developed an award-winning economic development and revitalization strategy centered on Kaslo and the North Kootenay Lake area.

MORE INFORMATION: Kaslo and Area D Economic Development Commission

Nelson and Area Economic Development Partnership: A collaboration between RDCK Electoral Areas E and F, the City of Nelson, the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce, and Community Futures Central Kootenay, the partnership was formed so that local and community economic development opportunities in and around Nelson could be pursued jointly, efficiently, and effectively.


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The content on this page was last updated March 2 2023 at 6:30 AM