Metal Tech Alley is a facilitating regional transition towards the ‘Circular Economy’ model. This supply chain based approach develops the local economy while simultaneously improving our relationship with the environment. Learn all about it here. The first 5 projects listed here are Metal Tech Alley initiatives…

Capstone Project

Connecting today’s youth with opportunities to learn more about the careers they are passionate about by matching them with dedicated mentors in the local community.

R&D Support for Circular Economy Innovation

Providing local companies with the resources and opportunities to work with academics on circular economy innovation opportunities. Companies will be matched with students and faculty who are conducting research related to their industry. This project will allow students to experience applied research in an industry setting, and make the R&D process more accessible for local companies.

Local Supply Chain and Cluster Analysis

It is essential for economic developers to have a solid understanding of the local supply chain in order to best serve business needs. This project will cover data collection on the forestry and metallurgy industries’ supply chains including inputs, outputs, wastes, and by-products. The outcome will be substantial knowledge increase on where supply chain gaps exist as well as opportunities for new developments.

Shared Initiatives

West Kootenay Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot Program

Led by Community Futures Central Kootenay, the LCIC is supporting the implementation of the Rural & Northern Immigration Program in the West Kootenay. This pilot project aims to give communities more opportunities to help immigrants who are already living in them. This approach is more successful in helping immigrants integrate into rural communities where they are often more isolated. CFCK is working closely with Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy who provides settlement services in the West Kootenay to support all applicants. LCIC staff sit on the steering committee of RNIP program in the West Kootenay and assist with assessing applications.

Imagine Kootenay

Imagine Kootenay is a collaboration success story! The LCIC participates and supports this Kootenay-wide program. The LCIC worked closely with Community Futures Central Kootenay to create a Kootenay-wide branding initiative which can showcase our spectacular lifestyle, beautiful communities, and investment and employment opportunities. The brand is still going strong today!…Visit Imagine Kootenay

BC Provincial Nominee Program – Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot

This immigration program is designed specifically to attract entrepreneurs to rural communities in industry sectors that match with community needs. The LCIC is managing this program for Trail and Rossland. The LCIC has assisted a total of 5 immigrants through the initial phase of application so far. Currently, this project is mostly on hold due to COVID-19 travel restrictions which are preventing potential entrepreneurs from visiting our communities.

Trail and Area Economic Resilience Action Plan (ERAP)

Led by Community Futures Greater Trail, in close collaboration with the LCIC, and the Trail and District Chamber of Commerce, the ERAP provides guidance for the roles and activities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from economic disruption. Members from all three organizations and the RDKB currently form the ERAP Executive Committee. The COVID-19 pandemic is an excellent demonstration of how important it is to have a plan in place to mitigate the effects of and support recovery from a major economic disruption. The ERAP is meant to cover many kinds of disasters including natural, technological, pandemics, recessions, etc.

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