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Teck’s $1 million donation to College of the Rockies will support construction of the new trades training facility at the College’s Cranbrook campus, in addition to establishing a scholarship fund for trades students and helping to revitalize the Fernie campus. Classes in the new trades facility are scheduled to start in early August.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Financial Teck Donates $1 Million to College of the Rockies

College of the Rockies students throughout the region will benefit from improved access to training

Main entrance at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Developments, Financial $5M in BDC Financing helps Fairmont Hot Springs Resort do extensive upgrades

$5-million financing from BDC to go into enhancing guest experiences at the year-round B.C. resort.

Aerial view of the recent Grand Forks flooding.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Financial Grand Forks flood relief supported by local Credit Unions - surpasses $50K

Seven credit unions from the Boundary, Kootenay, and Columbia Valley have collaborated in their efforts to provide financial relief for Grand Forks.

Wayne Stetski
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial MP Stetski announces call for applications for Seniors’ Grants

In order for a project to be eligible for a New Horizons grant, it must be led or inspired by seniors.

The Cranbrook Garden Club being presented with a cheque.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial 2018 Community EKC Cash award winners collect a total of $7,773

The Community Cash Awards, which aimed to develop healthy and diverse communities, offered local community groups an opportunity to apply for funding.

Rauni Naud was recognized by Kootenay Business magazine as an Influential Woman in Business in the West Kootenay region
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Financial, Influential Women in Business Rauni Naud: focused, balanced and fulfilled

Rauni Naud combines a single-minded focus, continuing education and passion for her community to achieve financial success and a balanced life.

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From left: Jan Morton (president, Lower Columbia Affordable Housing Society), Johnny Strilaeff (CEO, Columbia Basin Trust), Minister of Children and Family Development and MLA for Kootenay West Katrine Conroy and Mayor of Rossland Kathy Moore break ground at a new affordable housing development in Rossland on May 1, 2018.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Financial Affordable housing for Columbia Basin residents

The Government of British Columbia is working with the Columbia Basin Trust to build 167 new homes for people in the region struggling to find housing.

Alan Rice stands outside the new BDO office in Kimberley
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Financial, Small Business BDO opens in Kimberley

BDO now maintains a full-time accounting office in Kimberley

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Rob Sorenson poses with last year’s golf tournament banner.
West Kootenay, Christina Lake, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Christina Lake Fire and Rescue Charity Golf Tournament

Christina Lake Fire and Rescue does good work all year. Join their charity golf tournament for some good work of your own.

by Timothy Fowler
The Colours of Nelson Mural Project was created through a collaborative design process by 16 artists, ages 15-39.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Art goes public thanks to new Trust program

Columbia Basin Trust commits $750,000 to help communities increase public art

Wayne Stetski, standing with two young people.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Stetski allocates more than $625,000 for Kootenay-Columbia student jobs

The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) Initiative contributes annually to aid in creating jobs for secondary and post-secondary students.

Patrick Tolchard
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Developments, Financial, Small Business, Tourism Radium Hot Springs adventure entrepreneur recognized by BC Business magazine

A Radium Hot Springs entrepreneur, Patrick Tolchard, has been recognized by BC Business magazine as one of the province’s Top 30 Under 30 business people.

St. Eugene is located near Cranbrook amongst beautiful geography.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Charity golf tournament planning advice from St. Eugene’s pro Cindy Soukoroff

It’s not too late to organize this year’s golf tournament, but you better get on it!

by Timothy Fowler
Myles Peterson, first place winner in the Junior Division at the recent Junior Dragon Den West Kootenay Championships.
West Kootenay, Trail, Education, Financial, Small Business Junior Dragon Den West Kootenay champions announced

The Junior Dragon Den Provincial Championships will be held on May 5th at the Charles Bailey Theatre in Trail.

Jean-Ann Debreceni, EKC Board Chair at a previous Community Cash Awards event
East Kootenay, Financial Community Cash Award finalists announced by EKC

The Community Cash Award is aimed to develop healthy and diverse communities.

MLA Michelle Mungall presents Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Kootenay with a $100,000 grant from the BC Rural Dividend Program.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Financial BC Rural Dividend Program Grants boost to Kootenays & Nelson Innovation Centre

The rural dividend encourages economic diversification, innovation, sustainability and collaboration, and recognizes the diverse needs of individual communities

Representatives from the seven credit unions attending a December meeting to learn more about the amalgamation currently being explored.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Seven Kootenay Region Credit Unions Continue To Explore Amalgamation

The Kootenay, Columbia Valley and Boundary Regions of British Columbia Credit Unions have released an update on the next steps in their amalgamation process

College of the Rockies Welding students have the opportunity to perfect their skills with a welding simulator purchased thanks to funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Financial College of the Rockies receives funds for trades from province

College of the Rockies received more than $310,000 from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training to go toward replacing aging trades equipment.

Winners of the BCIC Ignite Awards.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Financial, Technology Kootenay’s “BioCarbon 3D” — part of $1M BCIC awards to fuel market-driven innovation across BC

The four projects demonstrated the ability to succeed in diverse fields including environmental engineering, biotechnology, and agriculture.

Aerial view of valley flooding.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment, Financial Taking action on climate change

Columbia Basin Trust supporting 12 climate action initiatives.

In September 2017, the ?aq?am community experienced a wildfire. It will now be reducing fuel in high-risk areas with support from a wildfire mitigation grant from Columbia Basin Trust.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Environment, Financial Reducing the risks and effects of wildfire

Twenty communities focus on mitigating wildfire with over $800,000 from Columbia Basin Trust

Alissa Bryden at her desk
West Kootenay, Rossland, Financial, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Alissa Bryden

Alissa Bryden takes the stress out of virtual accounting via her business in Rossland, B.C.

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Graphic showing the recreation grants that Columbia Basin Trust will be funding.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Environment, Financial, Health & Wellness Improving rec spaces keeps residents active

Columbia Basin Trust provides $3 million for 53 new recreation infrastructure projects

Photo of Dragons Den banner.
Education, Financial, Small Business Community Futures Thompson Country to host Junior Dragons Den in 2019

Junior Dragons Den is a Community Futures led business competition open to students from Grade 7 to University in four different regions of British Columbia.

Photographer Ursula Abresch is one of the artists who has had a show at New Denver’s Hidden Garden Gallery. The gallery will be renovating a new space with help from a Columbia Basin Trust Arts and Culture Venue Grant.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial 12 projects across the East and West Kootenay awarded funding through Arts & Culture Venue Grants

The Columbia Basin Trust is helping 12 facilities renovate, relocate or upgrade with nearly $830,000 in support through its new Arts and Culture Venue Grants.

The performance artists Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret put on a show at the Golden Civic Centre. The centre’s Great Hall will get new flooring with help from a Columbia Basin Trust Arts and Culture Venue Grant.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Basin Arts and Culture venues to see upgrades

12 projects receive $830,000 from Trust’s new venue grants program

The Trust’s new Career Internship Program provides up to $25,000 to hire a post-secondary grad.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial New internship program helps employers hire post-secondary grads

Columbia Basin Trust program creates and retains jobs in the Basin

Collage of photos depicting people across rural BC.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Financial BC Rural Dividend grants support projects in Kootenays

The Government of British Columbia is providing over $103,000 for cultural, social and infrastructure projects in the Kootenay region.

Lynnette Wray sits on the staircase inside the lovely new Ground Floor business complex on Seventh Avenue South in Cranbrook
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial CDCF’s perpetual harvest

All donations to the Cranbrook & District Community Foundation’s endowment funds work in perpetuity to support the community forever.

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Picture of Don Lindsay.
Financial, Mining Teck predicts strong demand for steelmaking coal – “feeling pretty good about 2018”

CEO of Teck, Don Lindsay, believes the company is well positioned to benefit from continued strength in commodity prices.

In photo: Chief Alfred Joseph, ?akisq’nuk First Nation and Wendy Booth, Vice-Chair, Columbia Basin Trust Board of Directors.
East Kootenay, Developments, Financial, First Nations Ɂakisq’nuk to build new rec centre

Columbia Basin Trust provides $500,000 to help realize a community dream

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

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.

A man and a woman stand in front of shelves of books.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Small Business Clearing the confusion for small businesses around income sprinkling

BDO Canada helps clear the confusion of income sprinkling for business owners.

by Jillian Clark
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.

A group of student entrepreneurs from the 2017 Junior Dragons Den competition.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Financial Win cash for tuition! Junior Dragons Den seeks student entrepreneurs

Modelled after CBC’s “The Dragons’ Den,” students in Grades 7 to University will pitch their business idea to a panel of local judges.

A timberframe home for sale in Fernie currently listed at $1,275,000
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Real Estate Fernie Leads the Way with Highest Property Assessments in Kootenays

BC Assessment's Kootenay Columbia region covers the southeast portion of the province from Fernie to Grand Forks and from Revelstoke to Cranbrook.

This typical Revelstoke heritage home is listed by Remax at $369,000, assessment values in Revelstoke went up 21% last year.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Real Estate Top 10 Communities: Residential Property Assessments Jump

Overall, the Kootenay Columbia region's total assessments increased from $38.6 billion in 2017 to $40.87 billion this year.

Columbia Basin Trust logo.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Small Business, Technology REMINDER: Get $1,000 to go to #BCTECH Summit

The #BCTECH Summit is the place for connecting industry, government and research under one roof to do business.

The Ktunaxa Nation Council, housed in this government building, is one of the recipients of a Social Grant from Columbia Basin Trust.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial 16 social projects to receive $1 million

Columbia Basin Trust announces its most recent Social Grants recipients

An affordable housing development in the Elk Valley that was built in recent years, CBT looking to expand program.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Real Estate Province partners with Columbia Basin Trust for new affordable housing

The Province and the trust will each provide $14 million over the next three years with a target to create 225 affordable rental housing units.

Picture of casino with slot machines.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Casino revenue in the Kootenays tops $20 million annually

Gambling revenue at the two provincially licensed casinos in the Kootenays generated a combined revenue of over $20 million in 2015/2016.

The Trust’s Ecosystem Enhancement Program will help maintain and improve ecological health and native biodiversity in a variety of ecosystems, such as wetlands, fish habitat, forests and grasslands.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment, Financial Significant boost for Basin ecosystems

Columbia Basin Trust announces new five-year, $10-million program.

Picture of two people looking at paintings in an art gallery.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Trust expands support for arts, culture and heritage

Columbia Basin Trust is expanding its support for arts, culture and heritage with $11.6 million over three years.

Picture of person using typewriter at top of picture, with laptop user below.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Technology Supporting tech needs for non-profits

$1 million for non-profit organizations to upgrade critical office technology

Picture of white golf ball in foreground, with Revelstoke Golf Club in background.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial BC Rural Dividend grants over $10 million for rural projects—$1.2 million in Kootenays

The B.C. government is distributing $10.1 million in new grants to help rural communities stabilize their economies and create long-term local employment.

Nicole Fricot is the director of community economic development in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Developments, Financial, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Nicole Fricot for Revelstoke development

Building permit applications are piling up at Revelstoke City Hall, and Nicole Fricot, community economic development director, is busy.

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Don McCormick, mayor of Kimberley, B.C., is working to diversify the sources of support for Kimberley's economy.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Financial, Small Business Focus forward: Kimberley 2017

“I don’t spend a lot of time looking back at where we’ve been—I always focus on where we’re going.” —Don McCormick, mayor of Kimberley

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