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A beautiful timberframe house in Nakusp listed for rent on Airbnb, one of 2,100 Kootenay properties and homes listed on the company's website.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Tourism AirBnB up 21% in the Kootenays and generated over $18 million in revenue

AirBnB has a major economic presence in the Kootenays.

The Columbia Valley's new Economic Development Officer is Ryan Watmough
East Kootenay, Invermere, West Kootenay, Golden, Developments, Financial Ryan Watmough is the new Economic Development Officer for the Columbia Valley

Ryan Watmough has recently been hired by the Regional District of East Kootenay to be the new Economic Development Officer

Bob Wright was presented with the Al McCracken Memorial Award at the 2017 Community Futures British Columbia Conference in Quesnel, B.C. on September 15, 2017.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Community Futures Board Member Wins Award

Bob Wright, long-time volunteer and board member of Community Futures Central Kootenay, was honoured for his years of commitment and service

Pictured from left to right are: Erik Kalacis, Executive Director, Tamara Rotach, Loans Manager and Sara Stuart, Director.
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial $3.69 million in business support for Greater Trail

Community Futures Greater Trail was recognized at the British Columbia Community Futures AGM for its outstanding business loan program.

Kootenay Savings building in Trail
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Seven Kootenay-based credit unions look to merge under one umbrella

The seven credit unions that encompass the Kootenay, Boundary and Columbia Valley regions are creating a single credit union

Columbia Basin Trust’s new Child Care Support Program will help maintain and create new child care spaces in the Basin.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Trust strengthens child care in the basin

$3.6 million for new three-year program to maintain, create new spaces

Smart, hardworking and ambitious are words that describe Jaime Dekkers, the new owner/operator of Cranbrook Bookkeeping
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial, Small Business Cranbrook Bookkeeping: the next generation

Young Jaime Dekkers is the new owner/operator of Cranbrook Bookkeeping.

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Johnny Strilaeff
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial Continued growth and new programs benefit Basin residents

See the highlights from Columbia Basin Trust's 2016/17 Annual Service Plan Report

Denham Ford's recent fundraiser 'Our Hometown for Hunger' raised over $4000 for the Cranbrook Salvation Army's Soup Kitchen endowment fund.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial Cranbrook and District Community Foundation Fund for Salvation Army Soup Kitchen fund grew by $4,000

EKC helped established the CDCF endowment fund to benefit the Salvation Army’s Soup Kitchen in 2004.

Halcyon Hot Springs.
West Kootenay, Nakusp, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial, Tourism No details forthcoming on sale of Halcyon Hot Springs

The hot springs resort is located on the shores of Arrow Lake north of Nakusp and was evidently sold to a lower mainland investor in March or April.

Doris Silva, College Director of Student Affairs.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Financial College welcomes return of tuition-free programs

The decision, announced by the BC government on August 8, will be in effect for September classes.

The Valemount Senior Citizens Housing Society’s Golden Years Lodge will be upgraded to become more energy efficient thanks to support from Columbia Basin Trust’s Energy Retrofit Program.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Energy, Financial 25 buildings to receive energy retrofits

Columbia Basin Trust provides $900,000 this year through its new Energy Retrofit Program.

Tom Thomson, Executive Director of the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Financial Podcast—The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Nelson, BC

In this episode of Kootenay Business Podcast, publisher Keith Powell, talks with Tom Thomson, Executive Director of the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce.

Castlegar’s Crumbs Bakery Café is one of the businesses that benefited last year from Columbia Basin Trust’s School Works program. Left to right: Susanne Thomas (owner) and Cameran Millar (student).
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Financial, Small Business Apply for a wage subsidy: Hire a student

The program provides a wage subsidy to help employers provide part-time employment to full-time high school and post-secondary students.

The Waneta Dam.
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial Deal with Fortis off as Teck opts to sell Waneta Dam to BC Hydro—$28 million breakup fee

BC Hydro has exercised its right of first offer to purchase Teck’s two-thirds interest in the Waneta Dam in British Columbia, Canada, for $1.2 billion cash.

Waneta Dam in Trail, B.C.
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial BC Hydro plan to purchase remaining two-third interest in Waneta Dam will keep rates affordable

The purchase is forecast to have a beneficial financial impact each year, helping to keep rates affordable for BC Hydro’s customers.

Cole Hoodicoff, from Castlegar, one of three recipients of the Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Financial Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship recipients announced

First time scholarship awards three students around the Basin.

Fernie’s Home Bank building was built in 1910, at the height of the area’s coal production.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Heritage structures face the future

Columbia Basin Trust’s Built Heritage Grants fund 16 projects with $1.4 million.

Cranbrook
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial Cranbrook Tourism continues to make progress

Foundational work of the Cranbrook Tourism Society continues to move forward in the Key City

Plane taking off at YZZ
West Kootenay, Trail, Developments, Financial Trail Regional Airport receives $4.6 million in grant funding for Runway Rehabilitation Project

The City of Trail is pleased to announce it has received a $4.6 million grant from the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP)

Three search and rescue teams in the Columbia Basin have new helicopter rescue equipment thanks to support from Columbia Basin Trust.
East Kootenay, Fernie, West Kootenay, Golden, Nelson, Financial Safer and quicker access to lost or injured

Columbia Basin Trust helps SAR teams purchase rescue equipment

Upgrading roof insulation is a good example of an energy retrofit that will help save money on heating costs and improve the comfort level of a home.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Energy, Financial Affordable Housing Energy Retrofit Program now open

Trust providing $2M for energy conservation upgrades.

The Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation (LCIC) this week launched a new game-changing economic development marketing program in Trail.
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial Metal Tech Alley celebrates grand opening in Trail

Metal Tech Alley has been created with the input and engagement of multiple stakeholders, citizens, business leaders and community officials.

The Kicking Horse Coffee manufacturing facility, based in Invermere, B.C.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Financial, Retail Italy’s Lavazza Group buys Kicking Horse Coffee in $215 million deal

Kicking Horse Coffee is one of the Kootenay’s largest employers with over 110 people working out of the company's Invermere manufacturing facility.

The 2017 Dragons Den competitors.
West Kootenay, Trail, Education, Financial, Small Business Audience vote helps to determine winners at Junior Dragons Den Championship

The Junior Dragons Den Championship was held on May 6th at the Charles Bailey theatre in Trail, B.C.

Waneta Dam
West Kootenay, Energy, Financial Fortis buys Teck’s interest in Waneta Dam for $1.2 Billion

Under the agreement, Teck Metals Ltd. will be granted a 20-year lease to use Fortis' interest in Waneta to produce power for its industrial operations in Trail

Elkford Search and Rescue group.
East Kootenay, Financial Community Cash Awards amounts to over $7,718 for Elk Valley organizations

Unlike other funding initiatives, the Community Cash Awards provide EKC members, and the community, the opportunity to ‘invest in’ and select the award winners.

West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Financial, Small Business Junior Dragons take to the stage at Shambhala Music & Performance theatre

The event saw students pitch everything from automotive diagnostic apps to sophisticated branding companies, in a fast paced live show format.

Photo of young girl on zipline.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial, Tourism New Radium Valley Zipline looks for $20K in investment

The Valley Zip Line Adventures site is in an ideal location, situated just off of Highway 93/95 and a major route for tourism.

Junior Dragons Den logo.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Financial, Small Business Join us for Junior Dragons Den!

Junior Dragons Den is a youth-based business competition that encourages entrepreneurial skills among students from Grade 7 to college and university level.

Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail.
West Kootenay, Trail, Developments, Financial, Health & Wellness Over $18 million in upgrades for Trail’s Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

The emergency department expansion will address immediate space and service challenges and accommodate projected patient care needs for years to come.

Heli-skiing operation.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial, Tourism Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) sold along with Intrawest in $1.5 billion deal

Intrawest is a North American mountain resort and adventure company, delivering distinctive vacation and travel experiences to its customers.

Koocanusa Lake.
East Kootenay, Environment, Financial Koocanusa strategy to address recreation issues

The actions outlined in the strategy will begin this spring, and will be funded in part by $750,000 over three to five years from Columbia Basin Trust.

The Columbia Valley has received $159,600 from B.C.'s Rural Dividend Fund to address economic development.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Financial, Small Business New money for the Columbia Valley

A provincial grant of $159,600 will be used to establish and staff an economic development office for the Columbia Valley.

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Design sketch of the new community centre in Radium Hot Springs.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Developments, Financial Trust’s largest project in Radium is all about community

Columbia Basin Trust contributes $500,000 for new community centre

2016/17 Recreation Infrastructure Grants infographic.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Enhanced ways to get moving, have fun and get fit

Columbia Basin Trust approves 38 recreation infrastructure projects

Jeff Chynoweth and his family have entered into an agreement to sell the WHL team to Winnipeg entrepreneur Greg Fettes and hockey executive Matt Cockell.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial Kootenay Ice WHL franchise sold – looks for fresh start in Cranbrook

Matt Cockell, who will be relocating his family to Cranbrook, plans to take over the role of President and General Manager

An aerial view of the District of Sparwood.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Developments, Financial, Transportation Sparwood to receive infrastructure funding

The grant will go toward new construction and modern safety improvements to the Middletown Crossing—Highway 3/43 intersection.

The new program will help with energy retrofits such as replacing boilers.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Upgrading affordable housing in the Basin

Many of the affordable housing units operated by non-profit organizations in the Columbia Basin need energy retrofits, such as replacing boilers and windows.

Marloes van Lent
West Kootenay, Golden, Financial, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Marloes van Lent: Golden’s Dutch bookkeeper

Settling into Golden is as straightforward as balancing the books—just ask Dutch transplant Marloes van Lent

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Neith Muth by the Columbia River in 2016.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Financial Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship established

The Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship honours Neil Muth, the Trust’s president and chief executive officer from 2005 through 2016, who passed away last November.

A member of Avalanche Canada’s South Rockies Field Team helps keep backcountry users safe. Columbia Basin Trust is committing $450,000 over three years to the organization.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Want to play in the snow? New funding helps keep you safe

To support the important work Avalanche Canada does, Columbia Basin Trust is funding the non-profit organization with $450,000 over three years.

The dramatic Kicking Horse Bridge was part of an earlier upgrade on Highway #1.
Developments, Financial, Transportation At $110 million per KM, Kicking Horse Highway upgrade likely most expensive strip of road in Canada

B.C. Transportation Minister Todd Stone stated that most of the funding, $450 million, is for improvements to a four-kilometre section of the road.

An artist's rendition of the new ultra-modern Castlegar Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Centre building.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Financial, Small Business, Tourism New chamber building envisioned for Castlegar

Castlegar is buzzing these days with the exciting prospect of building a new, ultra-modern Chamber of Commerce and visitors centre building.

Forty-nine projects were approved for funding in 2016 with a combined total of $1.07 million from Columbia Basin Trust's Environment Grants program.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Education, Environment, Financial Environment Projects to benefit Basin

Columbia Basin Trust program helps strengthen environmental well-being.

Graphic of person standing with arms outstretched, with words
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Financial, Retail, Small Business Are you BC’s Chamber of the Year?

The BC Chamber of the Year Award is about encouraging and inspiring organizational and business excellence.

Chris Brien and his partners at Pinnacle Professional Accounting in Castlegar, B.C., are building a new office for the business, with residences above it.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Financial, Small Business Chris Brien picks Castlegar

Improved Internet service in Castlegar opens new possibilities for Chris Brien, his partners and the staff of Pinnacle Professional Accounting.

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Krystal Wills, financial manager, of the Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC)
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial, Tourism, Transportation Canadian Rockies International Airport reports busy year in 2016

Krystal Wills, financial manager of the Canadian Rockies International Airport, presented an update on travel trends in 2016.

College of the Rockies Recruitment Officer, Jennifer Inglis, looks forward to welcoming community members to the College’s annual Open House on February 8.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Financial, Technology College of the Rockies hosting annual Open House

This year’s Open House will be jam-packed with a wide variety of activities as well as information sessions.

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