The Elk Valley Economic Initiative has members representing the City of Fernie, the District of Sparwood, the District of Elkford, the Tobacco Plains Indian Band as well as the communities’ Chambers of Commerce. We are supported by representatives from the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism & Skills Training, Community Futures East Kootenay, Invest Kootenay, Columbia Basin Trust, other economic development organizations and industry.

The purpose of the Initiative is to collaboratively pursue regional economic development projects and initiatives in the Elk Valley striving to expand opportunities for existing businesses, attract new ones and diversify the types of businesses. In addition, we aim to increase the number of permanent, full-time residents who spend their money locally thereby contributing to the region’s sustainability.

The Elk Valley Economic Initiative will champion, support and articulate opportunities for projects and initiatives while creating a network and increasing communications among individuals and organizations involved in economic development.