In this issue, we focus on economic development throughout the East and West Kootenay. Our cover story looks at Columbia Basin Trust as it responds to the needs of residents in the Columbia Basin. Plus, we offer updates from this region’s resource sectors: forestry and mining. Finally, be sure to peruse our 2019 40 under 40 list, a salute to our younger business people.
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The first issue of the new year is always an exciting one, featuring the Top 10 Business People in the East and West Kootenay, an interesting and eclectic bunch. We also present our list of Top 120 Employers (based on numbers of employees), with feature stories on two of them—Atco Forest Products in Fruitvale and Golden Life Management in Cranbrook. Plus, we offer Q&As with the newly elected or acclaimed mayors of our Kootenay communities.
In this issue, our cover story profiles New Dawn Developments in Cranbrook as the company celebrates 40 stellar years in business. We also mark the city of Cranbrook’s 120 year anniversary by interviewing Mayor Lee Pratt and presenting a historical timeline. Also featured in this issue are the communities of Kimberley, Revelstoke and Sparwood. And we look at the intricacies of blockchain, and the efforts of Accelerate Kootenays to make travel by electric vehicle possible in the region. Finally, check out a few of our Best of Business Platinum and Gold winners, and peruse our 2018 Kootenay Manufacturing Awards.
In this issue, we provide an update on what’s happening in our featured communities of Golden and Trail, including our cover story on a Golden chef and his amazing food truck. This issue also presents our 2018 Best of Business Awards list, along with our list of Top 50 Kootenay companies by revenue. And be sure to check out stories on smart vending machines, which may well be the future of retail, and on the use of artificial intelligence in the mining industry. Plus we offer a recap of the 2018 wildfire season with some suggestions for reducing the risk of fires in future.
Our cover story features a world-class manufacturing firm, Spearhead, Inc. in Nelson. Read how Canal Flats went from “sawdust to silicon” with the exciting Columbia Lake Technology Center. Need ideas for summer downtime? Check out our 2018 Best Places to Eat and Drink Awards as well as our special guides: Golf; Spa & Beauty; Adventure; Beer, Wine & Spirits. Here’s to Kootenay time!
In this issue, we focus on the Boundary and Columbia Valley regions, with a cover story on Valley Zipline Adventures, and lists of top employers in those areas. But that’s not all. We also present our 2018 Influential Women in Business list of winners and nominees, and we devote a special section to Indigenous initiatives, ranging from tourism opportunities to new community centres. Finally, take a look at the new Wildhorse Surgical Clinic and the new trades building at Cranbrook’s College of the Rockies.