COURTENAY – More than two dozen new jobs are anticipated in the Alberni Valley in the next few years, thanks to a new food handling and processing facility being developed by the Port Alberni Port Authority. The Island Coastal Economic Trust is investing $300,000 in the $1.5M project. The Alberni Valley Regional Food Hub involves… Continue reading FOOD PROCESSING HUB ADDS VALUE TO ALBERNI VALLEY AGRI-FOOD INDUSTRY
COURTENAY – As Powell River positions itself as a hub for knowledge-workers, cultural creatives and tech entrepreneurs, a project funded with support from the Island Coastal Economic Trust will help accelerate growth in those sectors. The Upper Sunshine Coast Entrepreneurial Ecosystem project will deliver programming to incubate local start-ups, foster innovation, and develop a network… Continue reading POWELL RIVER TO CAPITALIZE ON ITS GROWING TECH AND CREATIVE SECTOR
COURTENAY – An investment of $175,000 from the Island Coastal Economic Trust will support the Hornby Island Arts Council project to establish a permanent arts facility, enhancing the Island’s arts sector and creating year-round economic and cultural opportunities for the Island’s residents, businesses and visitors. The community has evolved into a hub for artists, and… Continue reading ICET INVESTS $175K IN HORNBY ISLAND ARTS CENTRE PROJECT
COURTENAY – Funding from the Island Coastal Economic Trust will support the development of a new outdoor theatre in the Oceanside area, creating new opportunities for arts, culture and the attraction of new visitor markets to the region. Spearheaded by the Parksville Beach Festival Society, the outdoor performance theatre will be located in Parksville Community… Continue reading RAISE THE CURTAINS! NEW OUTDOOR THEATRE COMING TO PARKSVILLE
COURTENAY – On the heels of a recent economic development strategy, the Town of Ladysmith is championing a new approach to attract investment, supported with funding from ICET. With participation from a broad set of local stakeholders, the Ladysmith area is working to enhance access to information for potential investors. In combination with a robust… Continue reading INVESTMENT ATTRACTION? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT!
COURTENAY – Food producers and processors in the Cowichan Valley are about to be engaged in a project to identify new opportunities for value-added food processing across the region. Matching funding support will be provided by the Island Coastal Economic Trust. As one of the Island’s top food-producing regions, the Cowichan Valley has been proactive… Continue reading PROJECT WILL HELP FOOD PRODUCERS AND PROCESSORS REACH NEW OPPORTUNITIES
COURTENAY – The Island Coastal Economic Trust is investing $385,000 into cycling infrastructure that will connect Tofino to the Pacific Rim National Park, completing 40km of uninterrupted pathway for residents and visitors to experience the park in an entirely new way. A federal investment in the ʔapsčiik t’ašii Trail established a cycling path through the… Continue reading NEW BIKE PATH CONNECTS TOFINO TO PACIFIC RIM NATIONAL PARK
COURTENAY – Changing consumer demand is leading to a surge in local farmers’ markets. A new regional marketing campaign, led by the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM), and supported with funding from the Island Coastal Economic Trust, will help strengthen the connection to local farmers and farmers’ markets, which serve as important destinations in… Continue reading REGIONAL FARMERS’ MARKET SHOWCASE TO GROW AGRI-TOURISM