In the summer of 2020, SIDIT carried out 15 consultations with diverse groups of stakeholders and conducted a survey to explore the region’s economic development needs/opportunities, and how our organization can contribute for the coming decade. We are very grateful to over 400 stakeholders who took the time to contribute to this process.
These consultations were carried out with COVID-19 and its impacts on communities and businesses casting a large shadow over our conversations. We do not know the full extent of its impact on our economies going forward, but we do know that our organization’s mission to support strategic investments in economic development projects that will have long-lasting and measurable benefits to the Southern Interior region of BC remains relevant and needed.
In response to the input we received and deliberations with the Board, as of fiscal year 2021-22, we will be focused on contributing to our region through providing funding and support for communities and business support organizations in the five priority areas identified during our consultations: