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by Keith Powell

Business developments in the Kootenays

Keith Powell is the publisher and founder of Kootenay Business magazine which is part of the Koocanusa Publications family. He has written a regular sales and marketing column, called Ad Talk, in Kootenay Business magazine for over 30 years. 

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Keith Powell

Keith Powell is the publisher and founder of Kootenay Business magazine which is part of the Koocanusa Publications group. View all of Keith Powell’s articles

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A view of The Springs golf course in Radium Hot Springs, B.C.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality True Key Hotels & Resorts enters Management Agreement with Radium Golf Group

True Key Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce a new agreement with Radium Golf Group for the management of the Radium and Springs Golf courses.

Celgar BE SEEN campaign team members (L-R) Sandy Hinter, Mark Goebel and Rose Leslie visited the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus at the end of October to talk to students and staff about safety on area roadways.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education, Health & Wellness Selkirk College partners with Celgar for BE SEEN campaign

In an effort to avoid tragedy and make Castlegar's streets safer for everyone, Celgar has launched a fantastic campaign that has received great response so far

Biologist Penny Ohanjanian will be working to reintroduce northern leopard frogs to the Columbia marshes thanks to an Environment Grant from Columbia Basin Trust.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment, Financial 32 projects to improve our natural environment

Columbia Basin Trust approves $870,000 in Environment Grants

Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Environment, Mining Kootenay West gypsum mine granted an environmental assessment certificate

CertainTeed proposes a 135-hectare open-pit gypsum mine, located approximately 12 kilometres northeast of Canal Flats.

Rick Jensen
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Columbia Basin Trust announces board changes

Jensen reappointed Chair, Booth new Vice-Chair, plus four new directors.

Selkirk College Millwright/Machinist Foundation Program students (L-R) Darren Mederios, Greyson Kozakevich and Guy Vercillo are members of the first cohort to use the newly renovated shop spaces at Nelson’s Silver King Campus.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Education, Technology Selkirk College Trades students settle into renovated shop spaces

Selkirk College is now accepting applications for the upcoming February start in three different programs.

Clayton Murrell
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Condolences to the Murrell family

Kootenay Business and Koocanusa Publications extend their deepest condolences to Clayton Murrell’s family, friends and the firefighting fraternity.

Luna Festival: Nocturnal Art and Wonder 2017
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality Arts and culture grants now available

Over the next three years, the Trust is expanding its support for arts, culture and heritage with $11.6 million. \

In May 2016, youth from around the Basin participated in a summit organized by Columbia Basin Trust’s Basin Youth Network.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, West Kootenay, Education Youth: Apply now for free leadership event

Youth Leadership Summit takes place in Kimberley this May

Eden Yesh smiles for a photo
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education Mobilizing local capital—community investment co-ops in rural B.C.

Eden Yesh will host Community Investment sessions in most communities throughout the Kootenays

Photo of Golden Installations building.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Golden, Retail, Small Business Golden Installations on the move

Golden Installations has been in business for over 47 years in the Upper Columbia Valley.

The Kootenay Columbia region's total property assessments increased from $38.6 billion in 2017 to $40.87 billion this year.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, Invermere, West Kootenay, Golden, Nelson, Real Estate Top 25 most expensive residential properties in the Kootenays (by assessed value)

Invermere leads the way with the highest assessed value for a property in the Kootenay Columbia region.

Students in Selkirk College’s Carpentry Foundation Program have been busy putting together the pieces of a pair of ice rinks for the Blewett Conservation Society which will be assembled at the Morning Mountain Recreational Area just west of Nelson in December.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Education Selkirk College Carpentry class helps Blewett outdoor rink project

A new winter recreation amenity will soon be available in the region when the Blewett Conservation Society's outdoor rink project is completed.

Brandi O’Neil, owner of the Paper and Cup bookstore in Kimberley.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Read All About It: Paper and Cup Opens New Page in Kimberley

Brandi O’Neill is the owner and operator of Kimberley’s new boutique bookstore and cafe called Paper and Cup.

The Trust’s Child Care Capital Grants provide over $1 million to 41 child care facilities.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial 100 new child care spaces, improvements to 41 facilities

Columbia Basin Trust provides over $1M for 41 projects.

The Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association is gathering funds and support to build an indoor soccer & sports facility.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial, Health & Wellness RDEK Gives KEYSA $130K for new indoor soccer facility

The youth soccer organization is currently gathering funds and support to build a $1.7 million indoor soccer/sports facility in Cranbrook.

West Fernie restructure work as been ongoing. This is a picture of Phase 1 completed last year.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments 115 more West Fernie properties are now officially part of the City of Fernie

Approximately 115 properties on the north side of Highway 3 in West Fernie are now officially part of the City of Fernie.

Marvin Perry
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, Entertainment and Hospitality New general manager—Cranbrook/Fernie division Jim Pattison Broadcast Group

Former GM at The Drive/B-104 Leo Biggio recently took a transfer back to the Kamloops market, after being in Cranbrook since 2012.

L-R (Jean-Ann Debreceni EKC Board Chair, Gerry Oviatt, Cranbrook Food Bank, Brian Smith Cranbrook Food Bank, Mindy Atti, EKC Branch Manager, Lana Sheppard, EKC Manager Commercial Services and
Diane Byford, EKC Board)
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) helps Cranbrook Foodbank get started in 2018

EKC encourages the community to keep the needs of the Cranbrook Food Bank top of mind throughout the year.

The Whitetooth Brewery in Golden, B.C.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Golden, Entertainment and Hospitality Golden’s Whitetooth Brewery expands

Described as a modest expansion, Whitetooth added two new tanks in November 2017.

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