On the upswing

Local manufacturing and technology sector sees growth on the horizon: new report provides insight on next steps for expansion.

The manufacturing and technology sector within the Columbia Basin is set to thrive, as long as a few challenges can be overcome and opportunities taken.

So says a report compiled by the Manufacturing and Technology Sector Initiative (MATS), the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST), the Kootenay Rockies Innovation Council (KRIC) and the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute (CBRDI), which spent over a year speaking directly with local business owners and managers within the sector.

“Through this process, it was revealed that the sector has a firmly established, solid base of operation in the region, plus has tremendous opportunity for further growth and expansion,” said Andrew Zwicker of KAST.

“We now have an in-depth picture of the sector’s impacts on local economies, and of its challenges, successes and potential for growth. We also have developed a set of recommendations on how to facilitate and accelerate that growth.”

KAST and KRIC will be hosting webinars to walk through the report, what it tells us, and the recommendations  and next steps developed from analysis of the report. Webinars will be hosted during the week of June 17.

Webinar dates: Monday, June 17, noon; Wednesday, June 19, 6:30 p.m.

For Webinar log in information and to register, please e-mail andrew@kast.com or call 250-483-5052.

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