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CED Strategy

The Golden Area Community Economic Development Strategy 2022-2027 was developed by Golden CED in 2021 and 2022 through a deeply engaged process with over 700 community members and local leaders. The development of the strategy was led by Golden CED and funded by the Province of British Columbia in order to guide economic development over the next 5 years.

Priority areas identified in the Strategy:

  • Housing, Workforce and Services
  • Retail and Small Business
  • Tourism
  • Forestry
  • Sector Development

Four core guiding principles used to develop this strategy:

  • Sustainable Growth
  • Economic Diversification
  • Climate Action
  • Quality of Life

To read the complete Strategy:

CED Workshop Series in May & June 2021

The Coop organized a series of online workshops for the community on topic areas which involved key speakers and community discussions.

Find out more on the workshop presenters: 

What is Community Economic Development, and why does it matter?

Eric Burton, CEO of Factor 5 Group, gave a presentation and answered questions about CED.

Affordable Housing, what is the Strategy?

Jada Basi, of City Spaces, presented and answered questions about the Housing Needs Assessment and the Affordable Housing Strategy.

Phil Armstrong, Town of Golden and Gerald Christie, CSRD, Development Services Managers/Planners were also both available to answer questions of community members.

Sustainable Growth, how can we do it?

Bob Sandford, long-term resident of Canmore and author of the Weekender Effect, and a whole host of other publications, presented his views and experience on Sustainable Growth and answered questions.

Sustainable Growth, how can we do it? - Part 2

Danya Rumore, of the Gateway and Natural Amenity Region (GNAR) Initiative, presented key findings of research on planning and development challenges in gateway and natural amenity communities across the West. She engaged participants in dialogue about what the findings mean locally and explored potential strategies for protecting the things that make the Golden Area such a great place to live and visit.

Climate Action, what can we do?

Ingrid Liepa, pioneer of Climate Action initiatives in the Columbia Basin, presented on Climate Equality.

Montana Burgess, of West Kootenay EcoSociety, presented the 100% Renewable Kootenays campaign.

Meredith Hamstead, of Think Bright Homes, presented environmental innovations used in sustainable building.

All three presenters were available to answer questions.