The Trail area has taken a regional approach to partnering with neighboring communities to create an independent regional economic development office called the Lower Columbia Initiatives (LCIC) to promote diversity and business growth and provide the residents security for the future. The LCIC is recognized as a leader in facilitating partnerships between private companies, municipal and regional governments, and non-profit organizations. All have a common goal to grow the economy through businesses retention, expansion and attraction resulting in flourishing potential for future development. Initiatives, such as the re-branding of the region as Metal Tech Alley ™, have seen concrete results in developing the communities’ potential, and is being recognized Provincially and Nationally as a game changing region that is leading economic development strategies through a clustering approach. Results include job creation, business expansion and new businesses development.