Development talks

A small group of interested community-members got together to talk about economic development in the Fort recently.

A small group of interested community-members got together to talk about economic development in the Fort recently.

The group included representatives from the local chamber of commerce and local business as well as just interested citizens wanting to talk about long-term planning for the area.

“I tend to think of the work that I do as community weaving,” said Emily Colombo, economic development officer for the Fort in her introduction.

Attendees expressed similar interests and concerns and a desire to be actively engaged in the community.

“I became involved with the chamber (of commerce) because you need to be involved with where you live,” said Laura Chernowski.

One topic of discussion was the potential for the development of a waterfront walking path.

The path could take advantage of the beautiful lakeshore and also allow tourists already out of their vehicle to access downtown more easily and draw tourists to more of the Fort businesses.

While it was a preliminary meeting, the group showed interest in putting forward ideas and concerns for consideration to the District of Fort St. James mayor and council.

Those interested in bringing forward ideas or attending the next meeting can contact Emily Colombo at: 250-996-8233.