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For the first time BC’s rural islands have launched an initiative to cultivate rural island economic partnerships. The Rural Islands Economic Forum (RIEF), a two day event, will bring together leaders from rural island communities to focus on advancing local and regional, sustainable, economic capacity building. The Forum gets underway on Pender Island on November 7 – 8, 2019, and prioritizes actions related to economic well-being, the sharing of best practices, and how partnerships can be fostered across the islands. Communities include – Bowen, Cormorant, Cortes, Denman, Gabriola, Galiano, Hornby, Malcom, Mayne, Pender, Quadra, Salt Spring, San Juan, Saturna, Texada, and Thetis Island.
Spearheaded by the Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) of Salt Spring Island, CEDC Chair, Francine Carlin says there’s enthusiastic support for the program, “There’s considerable interest in creating a conference that f…