KES is a leader in supporting healthy growth in our communities through various endeavors. A number of community development activities were initiated by Kootenay Employment Services.
Fields Forward is a new food and agriculture initiative in Creston and District. Fields Forward envisions a vibrant productive local agri-food system that builds genuine community wealth by supporting and sustaining the community’s environmental, indigenous, social, cultural, economic and aesthetic values. Click here for more information.
Creston & District Community Investment Co-op
Serving communities from Yahk to Riondel the Investment Co-op directs new, or pre-existing, investment capital from local residents into local ventures with community impact. The Investment Co-op will provide short-term capital to businesses looking to launch or expand, and assist these ventures in establishing a supportive customer base and a sustainable operation for their concept. Click here for more information.
Kootenay Mobile Press
The Mobile Press is a single unit that can process, pasteurize, and package 750 litres of apple, pear, carrot, beet, cherry, or berry juice per hour, or up to 15,000 pounds of fruit daily. The juice is packaged into boxed bags (like wine bags) and is shelf stable for one year. The Mobile Press is based out of the Creston BC, and travels throughout the Creston & District area. Click here for more information.
Creston Valley – Kootenay Lake Economic Action Partnership
Creston Valley & Kootenay Lake communities have recognized our potential to drive regional economic development by activating value networks in complementary sectors of the economy and cultivating conditions for value network innovation and success. Public, private, and community stakeholders from Yahk to Riondel are collaborating to maximize the financial, social, and environmental value produced by our local economy. Click here for more information.