The City of Kimberley is working to build a thriving, resilient local economy through the Economic Development Office.
The mandate of the Economic Development Office is to expand and diversify Kimberley’s economy while maintaining the desirable cultural, environmental, recreational, and social characteristics of the community – characteristics that contribute to our exceptional quality of life and help to draw business people to Kimberley.
The City of Kimberley’s Economic Development Office (EDO) supports community development through research, government liaison, assistance to business and community organizations, communications and marketing. The EDO also supports the integrated management and operation of the Kimberley Community Development Society (KCDS). The KCDS is an independent non-profit society mandated to plan, develop, activate, promote and operate community recreational, historical and cultural attractions - and operates City-owned facilities, including the Kimberley Riverside Campground and the Kimberley Conference and Athlete Training Centre.
The activities of the Economic Development Office are driven by the strategic priorities outlined in Kimberley’s Corporate Strategic Plan. There are eleven 2015-2018 Strategic Priorities:
- New Revenue - to obtain new revenue for the City
- Financial Sustainability - to keep tax increases in lin with the municipal rate of inflation
- Infrastructure Renewal - to increase the City's investment in infrastructure to be equal to or greater than the rate of depreciation
- Communications - to have an informed and engaged community
- Customer Service - to set and implement standards for customer service
In any given year budget priorities are refined by checking in with the strategic policy direction contained here:
Activities complement investments by the federal and provincial governments and are undertaken in collaboration with local and regional community partners – such as the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Kimberley, Community Futures East Kootenay, Columbia Basin Trust, the Kimberley Community Development Society, the Science Councils, and civil society organizations concerned with arts, culture, and recreation – to foster a healthy business environment.
Want to chat about the business environment? Contact the EcDev office or call 250.427.9666, we’re happy to share.