Invest Kootenay moves into Golden

Invest Kootenay is pleased to announce its newest community partner: Golden and Area A.

Invest Kootenay is pleased to announce its newest community partner: Golden and Area A.

The Town of Golden and the CSRD Area A are working together to use the Invest Kootenay tools and services and seek new business investment for the region.  Local management of the initiative will be provided by the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce.

Invest Kootenay is a regional partnership of Kootenay-region communities who have joined forces to attract, retain, and expand business investment in their community. Current partners include; Nelson, Castlegar, Revelstoke, the Lower Columbia Region, the Columbia Valley region, Kimberley, Fernie, Sparwood, Kootenay Lake, Boundary Region, Nakusp and, most recently, Golden and Area A.

“Invest Kootenay is one of the best examples of community collaboration for economic development in the Kootenays. Expanding the partnership to include Golden and Area A is of great benefit to us all,” said Garry Jackman, chair of Invest Kootenay and RDCK Area A director.

Invest Kootenay offers a free, online listing service for investment opportunities and businesses for sale that provides exposure to a database of over 1,300 registered investors.

“Not only does Invest Kootenay promote the Golden and Area A for new investment, it also supports succession of existing businesses by connecting them to potential investors,” said Ruth Hamilton, executive director for the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber of Commerce is encouraging entrepreneurs and business owners from Golden and Area A to register their business opportunities at investkootenay.com.

“The Golden business community is filled with success stories of entrepreneurs who chose Golden because they were attracted to this amazing mountain community,” said Hamilton.

“Their stories will inspire others to invest here.”

The Invest Kootenay partnership’s commitment to attracting investment has made a difference to the Kootenay region.

Within the past five years, there have been 32 confirmed investments in Invest Kootenay listed opportunities, representing $7.5 million in direct investment to the region. Nine of these investments have occurred since January 2014.

The region’s participation in the Invest Kootenay partnership is supported by the Golden and Area A Economic Opportunities Fund.