1. What do you see for the future of Fruitvale?
2. What kind of community do we want to leave behind for our children and grandchildren?
3. How do we create the transformative plans that help get us to our aspirational horizon?
Economic Development Strategies speak the language of jobs…the heartbeat of community vibrancy. It can be the ONE plan that answers the question: What will Fruitvale become in the future?
Think of economic development as being about encouraging local employment, where we focus to varying degrees on:
Fruitvale’s strengths in healthcare, retail, and public administration generally describe a services-focused bedroom community. An exception is wood products manufacturing – the 3rd largest industry sector in Fruitvale – but a sector that also has 50% less local employment than it did 10 years ago.
Other community strengths to consider as you think about future opportunities for Fruitvale:
As the Canadian and BC economy continues to transition to a more knowledge-based economy, an increasing share of our economy belongs to independent entrepreneurs, creators, makers, technology workers, and online spaces. This workforce choses the community they want to live in for lifestyle reasons, and bring their job with them. Research says important lifestyle factors are:
Jobs also don’t exist in a vacuum. Exceptional communities that are great places to live are forward thinking, and create policies and programs that facilitate and support:
An Economic Development Strategy puts these pieces together in a plan of action that:
The Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation with direction and recommendations from the LCCDTS, undertakes programs and projects designed to grow and diversify the local economy (Lower Columbia / Kootenay Region) by attracting new business, retention and expansion of existing businesses.
The LCIC also actively supports and leads our community on priority initiatives, projects and programs that have been identified as regional economic drivers. They strive to stimulate and facilitate economic growth within the Lower Columbia communities. Their goal is to create a strong, vibrant, and diverse regional economy that supports community development, growth, and economic prosperity.
For more information and to learn about the LCIC, click here.
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