October, 2018: On top of a population growth of over 10% since 2006, BC Stats is projecting that the area will increase by an additional 19% in the next 20 years. The projections are based on the local Castlegar health service area, which includes Ootischenia, Robson, Thrums and Glade.
Furthermore, Castlegar’s projected growth is higher than any other Kootenay region city. The region as a whole is only projected to grow at 4.5%.
For the full story on Castlegar’s growth visit: https://www.castlegarnews.com/news/castlegar-population-projections-highest-in-kootenays/
October, 2018. Following the massive success of last year’s Storefront of Opportunities tour, Economic Development and the Chamber of Commerce decided to replicate the event. The tour given by the Economic Development Office highlighted commercial opportunities in the area to regional business owners. The purpose was to give people interested in starting or expanding a business a look at the commercial spaces available and to provide a networking opportunity.
More than 30 business owners and from around the region went on the tour and looked at 16 available properties. After the tour, at a wine and cheese event attendees talked about feeling inspired about the possibility of expanding businesses into Castlegar.
For complete details on the event please visit: https://www.castlegarnews.com/news/tour-highlights-castlegar-business-opportunities/
November, 2018: Recently, the Economic Development office embarked on two marketing campaigns to attract Micro-Breweries and Housing Developers to the area. The postcard marketing campaigns were designed to elicit a response from targeted businesses to consider establishing a micro-brewery in the region or to consider developing with the projected population growth for the area
Economic Development Manager Mark Laver noted that “the need for a micro-brewery was documented in the Gap Analysis research that was conducted earlier in 2018. Furthermore, many areas of British Columbia are experiencing housing shortages, particularly in the rental sector. We have to be proactive in approaching these types of businesses to help our communities grow and thrive.”
A small sample of many of the great outdoor activities in our area.