A fir seedling among the mosses on an old log by the trai lto Green Mountain

Local Economic Action Plan

Initiated in 2016, after our 2015 Cortes Island Economic Development Forum, the Local Economic Action Plan was the result of two years of community engagement initiated by CIBATA members and the LEAP Community Steering Committee. The purpose of LEAP was to engage the community of Cortes in designing a community economic development strategy, and to identify economic priorities and actions for the island over the next five years.

ENGAGE THE LOCAL COMMUNITY IN THE DESIGN OF AN ECONOMIC STRATEGY
IDENTIFY AND REVIEW KEY ISLAND, REGIONAL, NATIONAL AND GLOBAL TRENDS
CAPTURE COMMUNITY INPUT AND IDEAS
SET OUT PRIORITY ACTIVITIES AND INVESTMENTS FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS TO BENEFIT THE ISLAND AS A WHOLE

The LEAP Steering Committee was responsible for guiding the development of the action plan, and providing direction to the process, consultants and coordinators. The committee was composed of representatives from the island’s various economic sectors including: retail, health, building and trades, tourism, medical marijuana, aquaculture, learning / professional development and social profit, and local government.

Thank you to committee members: Adam Schick, Noba Anderson, Eric Hargrave, Colin Funk, Heather McKenzie, Bill Dougan, Romina Wendell, Fred Savage, Mark Lombard, Georgina Silby, Dave Nikleva, Dan Hilton, Terri Story, and Mary Lavalle
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