Chamber Releases Economic Development Policy Paper

The Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce has released a major policy paper on Economic Development.

Your Cranbrook, Your Future is a broad statement on economic development that will act as the foundation for position papers going forward said Chamber Executive Director David D. Hull.

“This is a big picture statement on how the Chamber perceives economic development in the overall framework of trade and commerce in Cranbrook and the region,” said Hull.
“The document provides an underpinning for the Chamber to develop and advance more precise and specific position papers in the future.”

The Your Cranbrook, Your Future: Economic Development policy paper has been six months in the making starting with a forum last fall facilitated by renowned economic development practitioner Robert Fine from Kelowna.

Hull felt it important that the policy was developed from a base of knowledge and not just a gut reaction to perception and inference.  “We gathered together civic, chamber and business leaders from the East and West Kootenays and had a great session.  After that evening we had a really good, collective, understanding of the many faces of economic development.”

The Chamber’s Government Affairs & Policy Committee will now begin examining issues germane to economic development, prioritize them, and start developing position papers that will be advanced to the appropriate level of governments and to those organizations within the sphere of influence of economic development within Cranbrook.

The full policy paper can be found at   Ec_Dev_Policy_2016_03