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Elk Valley

Fernie, BC Best Medium Communities:

This nomination is for three communities in the Elk Valley. Elkford, Sparwood, and Fernie in 2017 adopted a inter-community business license. Many businesses of the Valley operate in all three communities and the Inter-community business license saves businesses money and time. It is a benefit to companies to be able to purchase a valley wide business license at one city or district office rather than travelling to all three locations.
Perhaps most unique and innovative of this program is the agreement the three communities arrived at for revenues from the business licenses. Proceeds from the inter-community business licenses are directed to the Elk Valley Economic Initiative. The purpose of the Initiative is to collaboratively pursue regional economic development projects and initiatives and striving to expand opportunities for existing businesses, attract new ones and diversity the types of businesses.

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