Economic development services in Golden will continue

Council voted to continue to deliver economic development services, provided that the CSRD continues their financial partnership.

Golden Area Initiatives may be coming to an end, but the Town of Golden still intends to find a way to deliver those economic services.

Following a recommendation from the Economic Development Service Vision Committee (EDSV), Golden Town Council voted to continue to deliver economic development services, provided that the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) continues their financial partnership with the municipality.

“There was a lot of debate to come to this conclusion,” said Coun. Caleb Moss, who also served as the chair of the EDSV committee. “I will say that the recommendation coming forward from us most definitely highlights that this needs to be a partnership with the CSRD.”

Although invited to the table, the CSRD did not have a representative at the EDSV committee meetings. However they did indicate they intended to support the municipality’s decision said Moss.

Based on the recommendation, the Town will “deliver a regionally oriented, municipally controlled and administered, community economic development service function.”

GAI was established in 2002 (originally under the name Golden and Area Community Economic Development Society) as an independent society to undertake community economic development services on behalf of the Town of Golden and the CSRD (representing Area A).

Several issues began to arise with the arrangement and despite efforts in the last two years, they were not meaningfully addressed to the satisfaction of council.

On May 15, 2012, Council decided to terminate the agreement, effective December 31, 2013.

After the submission of their recommendation, the EDSV committee is officially dissolved as of June 30.  It is now up to the municipality to “begin the necessary legal and administrative processes and negotiations with the regional district, the province, and the Golden and Area Community Economic Development Society to restructure and enable the service function.”

Councillors Keith Hern and Ron Oszust were unable to attend the council meeting, but were given the opportunity to submit comments or questions to be read out during the discussion.

Neither provided feedback in time for the meeting.