Economic Committee reports back

Remember last winter’s series of public meetings focused on economic opportunity in Nakusp and the Arrow Lakes?

Remember last winter’s series of public meetings focused on economic opportunity in Nakusp and the Arrow Lakes? Community Economic Development, Forestry, Tourism, Real Estate, and Agriculture were all discussed, and at the final meeting, participants asked a small committee to make plans for the next steps, and then report back.

So what happened? Four committee meetings focused on project selection. A draft Economic Vision was written. An implementation plan was developed by Nakusp and Area Development Board. Numerous more meetings were held to develop projects into proposals, and now it is time to report back to the community.

Everyone is invited to meet on Tuesday, February 7 at the Arena Auditorium. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a feast of local desserts and a chance to look at some displays and start a conversation. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m., with opportunities for group discussion and feedback. There are several proposed projects to be discussed, one of which is creating an inventory of outdoor recreation opportunities (skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, ATVing, etc.) with context and details and maps so that the end result will be a draw for visitors.

Another proposed project is supporting local businesses and organizations through a web-based directory, and a Business Retention and Expansion Survey. People coming to the forum will also hear about exploring opportunities for using wood waste, and creating a co-operative tourism marketing strategy.

Participants may also choose to focus on Agriculture project ideas or to bring new ideas for discussion.

This meeting is financially supported by Columbia Basin Trust, the Village of Nakusp and RDCK Area K; and organized by Nakusp and Area Development Board and Nakusp and District Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Laurie Page 265-4542 or Kim Reich 265-3839.