Working Together for Shared Prosperity

Recognizing that our economies are linked in many ways, the local governments of Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake communities (Yahk to Yaqan Nukiy to Riondel) decided to collaborate to explore shared opportunities and challenges for economic development. In 2016, the Creston Valley-Kootenay Lake Economic Action Partnership (CV-KL EAP) project was created to drive this joint vision.

The project is a collaborative effort between the Town of Creston, the Lower Kootenay Band, and the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Electoral Areas A, B, and C. On behalf of these partners, Kootenay Employment Services is leading the project.

Our mission is to establish an economic development team and develop an economic action strategy for the Creston Valley-Kootenay Lake area that will guide us to improve our regional economy.

The Partners

Economic Development is a community effort. Meet the partners who are working to actualize the economic development goals of the Creston Valley-Kootenay Lake communities.

Kootenay Employment Services is the managing partner of the Economic Action Partnership

The Regional District of Central Kootenay

Yaqan Nukiy (Lower Kootenay Band)

The Town of Creston

About the region

Centrally-located in the Kootenay region, Creston Valley-Kootenay Lake is the perfect place to call home for a day or a life time.

Stretching over 130 kilometers, this area is home to beautiful forests, rolling mountain ranges, crystal clear waters and prosperous farmland. It is a powerful generator of bio-energy, through its fertility, its wetlands, lakes and waterways. It is inviting, safe, secure, approachable, and inherently comfortable.

With a population over 15,000, the charming communities bustle without hurry and are home to down-to-earth, hardworking, innovative folks of all ages. With close proximity to two USA border crossings and Alberta, residents can easily access many amenities while enjoying the low-cost and free experiences the area has to offer.

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Historically and since time immemorial, the Lower Kootenay Band, locally known as Yaqan Nukiy, were the original inhabitants of the Lower Kootenay area. The name Yaqan Nukiy literally means “where the rock stands” and refers to an important place in the Creston Valley – Kootenay Lake area. The Yaqan Nukiy is one of four Canadian and two USA bands which make up the Ktunaxa Nation. Living examples of their ancient cultural heritage remain in their arts, language, technology, and annual Yaqan Nukiy Traditional Pow-Wow event.

Traditionally, value-added agriculture and forestry sectors are this area’s trademark. From fresh produce, dairy products, and meat sources, consuming a 10 mile-diet is common for anyone in the region. Locally-produced juice, wine and beer make it easy to celebrate life’s milestones with a splash of community love.

Proudly, farmers and foresters grow alongside savvy business communities that continue to flourish in a wide variety of trades and niche industries. Many seek to craft a career around their unique lifestyle; which is very possible in this area. The economy aims to retain each small-town charm and personality while growing stronger and better together.

For those seeking to invest or relocate, Creston Valley-Kootenay Lake is at the top of your list. It is a perfect location for lifestyle-entrepreneurs looking to contribute diversification and innovation to the local economy.

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The relaxed, carefree lifestyle does not go unnoticed. The landscape and access to water provide a perfect retreat for outdoor adventurers, foodies, creative souls, lovers of the land, friendly families, and anyone seeking a meaningful connection. There is a special kind of freedom living here. The energy attracts people who share our culture and values. Many return or permanently settle roots within their community of choice.

More importantly, the lifestyle is a celebration of all the things that cannot be bought: clean air and refreshing waters; trusted neighbours and helping hands; and most of all – loyal, lasting friendships.

Stronger Together | EAP Strategy

EAP Strategy Planning Report