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Internet Performance Test to assess state of connectivity in Cowichan

Internet Performance Test to assess state of connectivity in Cowichan

Economic Development Cowichan has launched the Internet Performance Test to better understand the state of internet connectivity throughout the Cowichan region. In 2020, the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) Board of Directors identified connectivity as a priority in their Corporate Strategic Plan. The Board looks to develop a regional connectivity strategy and pursue provincial and federal funding to support the delivery of broadband internet service to all communities in the CVRD....

Top 10 Steps to Prepare Your Business for Evacuation

Top 10 Steps to Prepare Your Business for Evacuation

The British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA) has launched a webpage to help businesses and individuals access support resources following the devastating wildfires impacting Lytton and several other areas in BC. Among the resources is a list of the Top 10 Steps to Prepare Your Business for Evacuation. Now is a great time to review your business’s evacuation plan, or create your plan if you do not already have one. The BCEDA Top 10 list provides guidance to refresh or build...

Circular Economy News: Ditidaht First Nation students launch community recycling centre

Circular Economy News: Ditidaht First Nation students launch community recycling centre

Photo: Mazzari Tate and Jimmy Joseph do a test run of sorting waste as they prepare for opening day for the community. Credit: Kaila Pidwerbeski   Ditidaht Community School students and teacher Kaila Pidwerbeski have set up the community’s first recycling centre, with help from Synergy Foundation. Without an established recycling program, Nitinaht, a community of 200 located on the west coast of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, was sending all its waste to the landfill,...

Cowichan Food Innovation Program wraps up with Showcase Event open to the public

Cowichan Food Innovation Program wraps up with Showcase Event open to the public

The Cowichan Food Innovation Program, spearheaded by Economic Development Cowichan, kicked off in late April 2021 with a talented group of food and beverage entrepreneurs ready to shake up the local food industry and help build a thriving food and beverage ecosystem in Cowichan. When it comes to the cohort, new friendships and connections have been brewing and there is an abundance of ideas and successful business opportunities baking in the oven and sizzling on the grill. Find out more in...

We’re hiring! EDC seeks an Economic Development Analyst for sub-regional support

We’re hiring! EDC seeks an Economic Development Analyst for sub-regional support

Economic Development Cowichan (EDC) is seeking to hire a part-time (28 hours per week) Economic Development Analyst to support sub-regional groups in Cowichan for up to 12 months. Cowichan village/town cores, critical components of our economic systems, have been particularly hard hit during COVID. Their vibrancy is key to rural economies building back better, including responding to climate change. In recognition that different towns/villages may unique needs, EDC is delighted to be seeking...

Contribute to a groundbreaking study on the impact of arts on Vancouver Island

Contribute to a groundbreaking study on the impact of arts on Vancouver Island

Digital Innovation Group (DIG) has launched ART’S Impact – A Survey to help measure the economic, social, cultural, and health impacts of arts across the Vancouver Island/Gulf Islands/Central Coast super-region. Whether you are an artist, arts worker, cultural organization, local business or somebody who just loves the arts, DIG invites you to participate. DIG is a group of Vancouver Island and Gulf Island arts councils interested in using technology to transform how they operate, collaborate...

Island Good Education & Empowerment Session

Economic Development Cowichan would like to invite area restaurants, retailers and producers selling local products to a virtual lunch n' learn exploring the Island Good brand and how you can become part of this regional marketing campaign. The session is hosted in partnership with Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce, Vancouver Island Economic Alliance, and Island Good. Event Name: Island Good Education & Empowerment Session Date: June 24, 2021 Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm Where: Zoom (virtual)...

New THRIVE Small Capital Program will drive vitality in downtowns, main streets, and business districts

New THRIVE Small Capital Program will drive vitality in downtowns, main streets, and business districts

Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET) has launched the THRIVE Small Capital Program to help stimulate and promote vitality in downtown areas across the Vancouver Island and Coast region. The program can contribute up to 100% of eligible project costs, to a maximum of $50,000, for small scale capital projects that bolster short to medium-term renewal of downtown or commercial area vitality. Successful THRIVE projects must create new outdoor public amenities or areas that contribute to increased...

Latest regional dashboard shows varying recovery across sectors

Latest regional dashboard shows varying recovery across sectors

In response to the unprecedented economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the region, Economic Development Cowichan began publishing a regional recovery dashboard of indicators to track progress towards recovery. The first report was published in January 2021. The May 2021 report shows an alarming increase in Cowichan housing prices, up 15% in March 2021 versus March 2020, as well as continued low inventory. “Although lack of inventory is a problem throughout British Columbia,...

Free marketing boost for Cowichan businesses selling local products

Free marketing boost for Cowichan businesses selling local products

Cowichan restaurants, retailers and producers selling local products can get a free marketing boost in 2021 from the VIEA Island Good Program. Economic Development Cowichan has once again partnered with the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA) to offer Cowichan businesses a free one-year Island Good licence. VIEA developed the Island Good brand program as a way for customers to easily identify local products on retailer shelves and restaurant menus. “The need and desire to support local...

 

 

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Economic
Development
Cowichan

Economic
Development
Cowichan

135 Third Street
Duncan, BC
Canada V9L 1R9
[email protected]
T 250.746.7880
TF 1.866.746.2508