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Working Toward a New Model of Economic Development

This page was last reviewed on October 28, 2016.

In 2015 the Village of Cumberland withdrew from the Comox Valley Economic Development Society. As part of Council’s 2016 Strategic Priorities the Village is exploring new models of providing economic development services.

In order to help move this initiative forward, and with funding provided through a grant from the Rural Dividend Fund, the Village has hired EcoPlan, a small Vancouver-based planning firm with community and economic development experience on Northern Vancouver Island.

Research and evaluation guided by community engagement will be used to identify some possible models that work for Cumberland. A final recommendation will be made based on which model best supports community values, along with other considerations such as feasibility and cost, and the final report will include an implementation plan to move the project forward.

This fall, look for opportunities to give your input! We want to hear from the entire community.

Online Community Survey

Click here to tell us your ideas about a new economic development model. The survey will be open October 11-31, 2016.

Survey findings will be included as part of the project’s report in November 2016, and preliminary findings were presented at the Community Open House in October 2016.

Community Open House

October 25, 2016 Public Open House

If you missed the October 25, 2016 open house you can still give your feedback on possible new models of providing economic development services. You can email your feedback to the Village or fill out the survey until October 31, 2016.

Open House Posters

Open House Powerpoint

Do you have economic development questions? Please contact Sundance Topham, Village of Cumberland CAO at

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