To pilot projects that assist in making the existing and potential industries of the region viable and sustainable. The list of industrial categories may include: Forestry, Tourism, Agriculture, Energy, Mining, Transportation and Services.
Community Bridging, Networking and Capacity Building
To facilitate relationships, partnerships, network and capacity development between industry, government, institutions, NGOs and community stakeholders through project and initiative based opportunities.
Development of New Technology
To assist the community and its members in taking advantage of new technology and applying it, including the commercialization of products.
Development of Processes and Decision Support Tools
To evaluate the local economic impacts due to changes in global industry practices, such as adopting the principles of market driven production and assist local SMEs in operationalizing adaptability and resilience through anticipated changes in work cycles, impact on cash flows and progressive human resources practices.
Financial Capital Incubation
To develop financial instruments and pilot programs that explore the financing needs of local business in a changing economy and the ‘how to" of mobilizing local capital to make local investment by area residents feasible. The objective is to develop best practices to make "made-in-the-community" financing options a reality.
To pilot marketing intelligence initiatives to assist existing local businesses, and those businesses thinking about locating in the region. Increase awareness of new and secondary market opportunities.
R&D in New Technologies
To investigate opportunities to utilize existing forest resources using new technology, particularly in secondary wood products and alternate energy clusters.
Training & Skill Development
To assist individuals and businesses to develop the skills necessary to respond effectively to change through access to information, skill development, professional training and educational initiatives.
These elements lead our communities to …
Develop capacity in infrastructure – intellectual, structural, organizational, financial – that assists the communities in responding to perpetual changes in the economic environment.