Community Impact Investing

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:18
Community Impact Investing

There are a lot of options on the horizon for today's investor. For community-minded investors looking to invest capital, putting your money where your life is may be the type of investment you are looking for.

The Provincial Government, Kootenay Employment Services, and BC Rural Centre have embarked on a year-long initiative to provide awareness on how Community Impact Investing connects local investors with local investment opportunities. This initiative, Mobilizing Local Capital, is led by Kootenay Employment Services Eden Yesh, and will run throughout 2018.

“Recently we held Community Impact Investment presentations in over 15 communities across Southeastern BC. All were well attended and the stakeholders were enthusiastic to participate in the Mobilizing Local Capital Initiative. It looks like we’ll be undertaking a larger scale project than was initially anticipated, which is very exciting to me!”, says Community Investment Co-op Consultant Eden Yesh.

In the coming 8-10 months, business planning sessions will be held to identify prospective initiatives for our region. Examples of past successfully funded initiatives across Canada have addressed affordable housing, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and food production, locally-owned small business, technology and economic development projects.

The Mobilizing Local Capital initiative is supported by nearly 30 community and economic development organizations throughout the Southeastern BC.

If you are interested in getting involved in the business planning stage of this initiative, please contact Teryl Hemmelgarn at 1-855-342-4510 or To learn more about this initiative, you can view the Columbia Valley Community Economic Development session recording by clicking YouTube: Community Impact Investing Presentation.