General News · 12th January 2015
Fellow Cortes Islanders tell me that the economy is the greatest challenge to living here. People are having a hard time finding work, staying, keeping their kids in school… I hear we need an island-appropriate focus on improving our economic situation. Please join us to explore options for our community at the upcoming one-day forum filled with discussions and presentations. (Please see attached poster.) We will discuss how we might better turn our attention to benefit our community, organizational models that may fit here and how we might brand Cortes for marketing our products and services.
Cortes Economic Development Forum
Saturday January 24th, 10 - 4 at Linnaea Farm
The day will begin by looking to other small community and island economic development models. Daniel Arbour from the Hornby Island Community Economic Enhancement Corporation will tell us about their community economic development model and funding structure. The Cortes Island Business and Tourism Group will also present on successes and struggles they are facing, and some of their ideas for fostering community economic development on Cortes.
In the afternoon, Melisande Chagnon of the Mud Girls will talk about her experiences of working in a creative business collective on Denman Island. Our Cortes own Leaf will share what he has been learning about a creative shop space called Makers Lab in Vancouver. Mielle Chandler will give a presentation on some organizational structures we might consider adopting to create value-added enterprises utilizing the wood from our community forest -- our biggest current opportunity.
All are welcome to participate in this open forum. Hoping that you can join us!
Thanks, Noba Anderson – Regional Director