Council eyes economic development strategy

Council eyes economic development strategy


The Town of Oliver is applying for government funding to develop an economic development strategy.

Recently, council approved a staff recommendation to submit an application to the BC Rural Dividend Program to provide seed money for the strategy.

The other options discussed were feasibility studies for a regional aquatic centre and a wine centre initiative.

Chief Administrative Officer Cathy Cowan said the Town’s previous funding application ($120,000) for the aquatic centre study scored high but was unsuccessful. She noted it was beat out by wildfire recovery applications.

Councillor Dave Mattes favoured the wine centre study, noting the Town could help a private company get this off the ground.

But Councillor Larry Schwartzenberger leaned towards the economic development strategy, saying it could encompass the wine centre study.

Oliver Mayor Ron Hovanes clarified that an economic strategy would not be a standalone entity.

Cowan said the strategy would provide a more detailed road map for economic development in Oliver, including determining priorities.

“It could also help build critical relationships with regional economic development partners.”

Discussing the wine centre option, Cowan said such a facility would be a one-stop option for tourists who do not have time to visit each local winery.


  1. The town council just spend a lot of tax-dollars to update the “Wine” branding.
    Makes sense to stay focussed and invest in the industry, not just the words.

    Bob Parker
    Rural Oliver


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