Welcome to the Creston Valley!
Creston is situated in the beautiful Kootenay region of south eastern British Columbia. More moderate in climate than its neighbouring Kootenay communities, the Creston Valley is noted for its agricultural abundance. Creston is nestled between the U.S. – Canada border to the south and Kootenay Lake to the north. Kootenay Pass, the highest year round highway pass in Canada flanks the valley’s western border. Along with agriculture; forestry and tourism play predominant roles in the local economy. The valley is a haven for retirees which supports a significant human services sector. Columbia Brewery, maker of world famous Kokanee Beer, is another of the major employers in the area.
Creston & District Business Retention & Expansion Study 2016
Before a community can assist existing businesses it must identify the businesses’ needs, concerns, and growth opportunities. Therefore, and in-depth business retention and expansion study was completed between January to May 2016.
Kootenay Employment Services coordinated the Creston & District Business Retention & Expansion Study with financial and steering support from: Town of Creston; Regional District Central Kootenay; Columbia Basin Trust; Rural Development Institute; Community Futures Central Kootenay; Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce; Kootenay Lake Chamber of Commerce and College of the Rockies.
During the Community Business Pulse initiative, a trained researcher collected thousands of responses from over 80 local businesses between Yahk and Riondel.
This data has been compiled and analyzed by the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute. The final report can be viewed and downloaded here: Creston BRE Report 2016
This report is a valuable tool to support informed decision making for economic development stakeholders in Creston & District.
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