Collaborating Agencies: Community Futures of East Kootenay, Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST), the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation (JTI), and the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute (CBRDI) .
Funders: Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition, Community Futures East Kootenay, and the Columbia Basin Trust.
The Employment Lands Inventory Project will directly address an issue faced by many communities: access to land to accommodate existing business expansion and future investment and economic growth. “This project will provide several important deliverables,” says Rob Gay, General Manager of Community Futures East Kootenay, the lead organization on the project. “The first of these is a comprehensive inventory of employment lands.”
The project defines employment lands as lands that generate economic wealth, including: agricultural lands; lands zoned or designated for heavy industry, light industry and commercial; First Nations designated employment lands; brown and greyfield sites; and Crown lands available for development. The SGRC is building a Web Portal that will provide a set of sophisticated query and interactive mapping tools for exploring the economic landscape of the Canadian Columbia Basin Region. The portal is aimed at decision makers, investors and business owners in the region.
RDI Website: http://www.cbrdi.ca