Economic Development Strategy
The Town of Oliver kicked off a project with local business partners, residents, the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce, Oliver Tourism Association, Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association, and other partners to develop a Local Economic Development Strategy.
What we’ve done and where we’re going
Over the past several months we’ve been working to engage business owners, residents, students, and other stakeholders to create a roadmap to improve our local economy. With their help we’ve developed a draft plan that we’re going to be reviewing and refining with the community.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to Grow Oliver!
Review the draft of Grow Oliver here: Draft
At the heart of Grow Oliver are eight objectives that were developed based on feedback from project participants and stakeholders. The objectives identify what we hope our strategy will help achieve.
- Create an attractive and vibrant Downtown
- Support and grow local businesses
- Attract investment and jobs
- Create local benefits and regional tourism
- Encourage affordable housing and commercial spaces
- Foster a robust and resilient local economy
- Promote innovation and a green local economy
- Strengthen relationships with regional partners
These objectives guided the development of three interconnected Strategy Areas and 19 supporting Actions (programs, projects, policies, etc.) that will help Oliver grow in the ways that the community wants to see. You can view all of these Actions in the draft Grow Oliver document.
Each Strategy Area is made up phased economic development Actions which will be rolled out over the next one to three years.
Strategy Area 1: Consolidate our Foundation
The fundamentals that need to be in place in order to grow the economic development Strategy.
Strategy Area 2: Strengthen our Heart
Strengthening Oliver from the inside-out.
Strategy Area 3: Grow our Opportunities
Expanding our appeal and collaboration with regional partners
Grow Oliver has its roots in the Town’s 2016 Official Community Plan which identified the need for a coordinated and strategic approach to economic development in Oliver. The plan also highlighted the need to support and revitalize Downtown Oliver, the historic and cultural heart of the community. This work was followed in 2017 with the production of a Downtown Action Plan for Oliver. This plan outlined 11 phased and prioritized actions organized under three inter-related strategy areas: Strategic Capacity; Business Support and Attraction; and Development. An Economic Development Strategy was one of the actions identified in this plan.