City of Powell River Arts, Culture & Creative Sector Initiative

Date: 2011-2013

EcoPlan staff worked with the City of Powell River, Tourism Powell River and other stakeholders throughout the region to identify assets and opportunities for economic development opportunities in the arts/ culture sectors. Local arts and culture individuals, businesses and organizations were inventoried using a Cultural Resources Mapping Framework to create a baseline for strategic planning, policy development and decision-making. This work also involved a sector SWOT analysis, market analyses, a needs and gaps assessment and the identification of high level opportunities in the sector, including short- medium- and long-term opportunities to be pursued by the City as well as local organizations and the private sector in diversifying Powell River’s local economy. The final outputs were the development of a sport and recreation tourism strategy and a cultural tourism strategy for the region.